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Tetsuya Yamagami, accused of fatally shooting former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, had planned to attack the leader of a religious group with a firebomb two to three years ago, sources said Wednesday.

Yamagami, 41, has told investigators that he had devised a plan to attack the top leader of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, widely known as the Unification Church, when she visited Japan two to three years ago, according to the investigative sources.

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