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The Righteous Act in Harbin

The guy must be the evil archenemy Ito,” I thought, and I pulled out my pistol and, to the right direction, shot Ito three times. Then suddenly, I got certain doubts in a flash, because I actually don’t know his appearance. If I make a mistake, my plan will fail in a most critical moment. So, I turned back and aimed at a most dignified man who was at the forefront among a group of Japanese and shot him three times again. Then I stopped and thought that, had I wrongly shot an innocent man, it will be disgraceful, when Russian military police arrested me. It then was around 9:30 a.m. on September 13 on a lunar calendar. Then I cried aloud “Корея! Ура!” to the sky and sent to a military police substation.

From Autobiography of Ahn Eung-chil by Ahn Jung-geun

From Autobiography of Ahn Eung-chil by Ahn Jung-geun

A picture of the scene when Ahn Jung-geun killed Ito in revenge of the latter’s wrongdoings at around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, 1909. (Drawn by painter Bak Yeong-seon). At right is an illustration in The Tokyo Daily Shimbun depicting Ahn’s arrest right after his shooting.

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