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Public security authorities are on alert amid concerns that Friday’s executions of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara and former senior members could prompt groups of his supporters to become more active.

The mainstay group — renamed Aleph — and two splinter groups have continued their activities, even soliciting new young members who know less about the series of crimes committed by Aum, including the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system.

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