Three killed, 19 injured in stabbing at Japan bus stop

Three killed, 19 injured in stabbing at Japan bus stop

The suspect stabbed himself in the shoulder before he was detained.


Published: Tue 28 May 2019, 6:36 AM

Last updated: Tue 28 May 2019, 4:39 PM

One female student and a man were killed and 19 others injured in a mass stabbing spree in the Japanese city of Kawasaki on Tuesday, police said, adding the attacker after the incident turned the knife on himself and died.
The female victim and 14 of the injured were students of the Caritas elementary school, a private Catholic school in Kawasaki. The suspect, a man in his 50s, was holding knives in both hands and stabbed the victims before stabbing himself in the neck, the police said.
The girls, aged around 6 to 7, were students at a private Catholic school and were waiting for their school bus, NHK said.
The broadcaster said a man detained at the scene also died. The suspect was unconscious when he was detained after stabbing himself in the neck, it said.
The man was said to have begun slashing at people as they waited at the bus stop and then on the bus, it said.
"I heard screaming, then I saw a man standing with a knife in each hand," NHK quoted an unidentified witness as saying. "Then he crumbled to the ground."
Two knives were found at the scene, NHK said.
The Kawasaki City fire department put the number of injured at 19, including three with severe wounds.
Violent crime is relatively rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the nation.
More than a dozen people were injured in a 2010 stabbing spree on a school bus and a commuter bus in a Tokyo suburb.
Two years earlier, a 28-year-old man drove a truck into a crowded pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, killing three people, and then fatally stabbed four more.

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