Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

Above, a stray cat in Japan. Police turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Mayuko Matsumoto’s house after realizing her wounds were caused by the feral felines, and found traces of what may be human blood on one of them. (AP)
Updated 10 November 2017
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Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

TOKYO: A Japanese police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat.
Mayuko Matsumoto’s daughter found her bleeding profusely from about 20 cuts to her face on Monday at her home in a mountainous region of southern Japan.
Police launched an attempted murder investigation after seeing the wounds, some of them relatively severe, according to local broadcaster RKK.
“When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn’t know what had happened,” Matsumoto’s daughter told RKK.
Matsumoto, who is 82 years old and reportedly unable to speak, had to receive emergency care, Kyodo News said.
Investigators found no sign of people entering or leaving the house at the time of the suspected attack, the private network NTV said.
They then realized that Matsumoto’s wounds looked like cat scratches, it added.
Police turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Matsumoto’s house, and found traces of what may be human blood on one of them, the Nishinippon Shimbun newspaper said Friday.
“Police are analizing a blood sample taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the victim,” national broadcaster NHK reported.
A police spokesman declined to directly comment on the case on Friday, but said that investigators were not disputing the media reports.


Zayn Malik thanks fans in Egypt for making his latest hit rank first on iTunes

Updated 22 April 2018
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Zayn Malik thanks fans in Egypt for making his latest hit rank first on iTunes

CAIRO: Zayn Malik sent a shoutout to his fans in Egypt for making his latest hit “Let Me” top the iTunes charts.
The former One Direction star posted on Facebook a message reading: “Thank you Egypt! We got #LetMe to number 1 on iTunes.”
Statistics related to the song, released earlier this month, have apparently shown that a high percentage of its listeners on the media player were based in Egypt.
Interesting comments were made by Egyptian fans on his Facebook post.
“No thanks needed, we need stand by one another,” one user wrote to Malik.
Others went on to asking the British star to visit Egypt.
“Thank you for being such a great idol...we are looking forward to see you soon here,” one fan posted.
“Better way to thank us: Come to Egypt!” another user had written.