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A 19-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a girl the previous day in a house in Kofu, west of Tokyo, shortly before the house burned down in a suspected arson incident that killed two people presumed to be the girl’s parents, police said.

The boy, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, admitted to the charge and also hinted at his involvement in the fatal arson, the police said, adding that he sustained burns on his face.

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