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Japanese police arrested one of the leaders of the Yakuza group Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of attempted murder of a rival of a rival criminal group, NHK reported.

Senior member Hiroji Nakata, 60, tried to shoot a professional gangster from a revolver who was seriously injured. The incident occurred on one of the streets of the port city of Kobe, where clashes regularly take place between the warring Yakuza clans.

The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi fighter in April received serious stab wounds there. Two members of the same group died in a shootout in Kobe in October.

The gang war broke out as in September 2015 a fairly large part of its members broke away from the main gangster syndicate in Japan, Yamaguchi-gumi, which organized an independent association, Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, numbering about three thousand people. Each of these groups claims leadership in the city of Kobe and throughout the southwest of the main Japanese island of Honshu. Their number, according to police, now stands at about 9.5 thousand people.

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