Man dressed as Joker terrorises Tokyo train

Firefighters gather outside Kokuryo Station on the Keio Line in the city of Chofu in western Tokyo after a man injured at least 10 people in a knife attack. – AFP
Firefighters gather outside Kokuryo Station on the Keio Line in the city of Chofu in western Tokyo after a man injured at least 10 people in a knife attack. – AFP

The attacker was arrested on the spot and is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder.



By Reuters

Published: Sun 31 Oct 2021, 6:29 PM

Last updated: Sun 31 Oct 2021, 7:19 PM

A 24-year-old man dressed in Batman's Joker costume attacked passengers on a Tokyo train line on Sunday evening, injuring about 10 people as many party-goers headed into the city centre for Halloween gatherings, media reported.

The attacker, only identified as a man in his 20s, was arrested on the spot and was being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder, NHK said. His motive was not immediately known.

Tokyo police officials said the attack happened inside the Keio train near the Kokuryo station.

Television footage showed a number of firefighters, police officials and paramedics rescuing the passengers, many of whom escaped through train windows. In one video, passengers were running from another car, where flames were gushing.

NHK said the suspect, after stabbing passengers, poured a liquid resembling oil and set fire.

Shunsuke Kimura, who filmed the video, told NHK that he saw passengers desperately running and while he was trying to figure out what happened, he heard an explosive noise and saw smoke wafting.

The attack was the second involving a knife on a Tokyo train in two months.

In August, the day before the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony, a 36-year-old man stabbed 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo in a random burst of violence. The suspect later told police that he wanted to attack women who looked happy.


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