BLASTS AT NARITA AIRPORT LEAVE 1 INJURED

BLASTS AT NARITA AIRPORT LEAVE 1 INJURED

Explosions at Tokyo's main international airport at Narita slightly injured one person and prompted airport officials to shut down the runway briefly, airport police said.

Airport police said that colleagues in the Chiba Prefecture force found a launching device in a parking lot behind an hotel near the airport.Two projectiles were fired Monday at the airport at about 8:45 p.m. local time (6:45 a.m. EST), hitting the paved apron near the hangars. One airport employee was hit by shrapnel and suffered minor injuries.

The runway was closed for a few minutes after the last flight took off at 9:40 p.m. (7:40 a.m. EST) to check for damage, they said.

No group has yet admitted responsibility for the attack, but Kyodo news agency said police believed radical groups opposed to the expansion of Narita Airport could be behind the incident.

There has been persistent opposition to the airport since 1966, when the government first announced plans to build a three-runway airport in Narita, about 45 miles east of Tokyo.

The government did not consult local farmers but forcibly seized the land needed for airport construction, sparking violent clashes between police and the farmers and their leftist radical backers.

The airport opened in 1978 but still has only a single runway.