TOKYO >> A man wearing a knife in every hand and screaming "I'll kill you" attack school girls waiting for a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday and injured 1
Most of the victims were school girls who were erected at a bus stop near Noborito Park in the town of Kawasaki, when the man in his 40's or 50's began to cut them with knives.
Masami Arai, an official at Kawasaki City Office, told the AP that 16 people, most of their school girls, were injured and three others, including the attacker, were believed to be killed. Arai said three of the injuries were serious and 13 others were not life-threatening.
NHK National Television, quoted police, said suspects died after cutting their necks. The police would not immediately confirm the details of this report.
Most of the victims attended a school founded by Soeurs de la Charite de Quebec, an organization of Catholic nuns in Quebec City, Canada.
A witness told Mainichi newspaper that he heard children screaming after passing by a bus, and when he returned, he saw a man with a knife in each hand and screamed, "I will kill you" and that more children were on the ground.
NHK, quoting the police, said a bus driver told officials that a man with a knife in each hand went to the bus and began to scare children. NHK also interviewed a witness who said he saw the suspect trying to force his way into a bus.
The attacker's identity and motive was not immediately known.
Television footage showed that relief workers gave first aid to people inside an orange tent set up on the street, and police and other officials transporting the injured to ambulances.
Although Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it has had a number of high-profile killings, including in 2016, when a former employee of the disability home allegedly killed 19 and wounded more than 20 others.
In 2008, seven people were killed by a man throwing a truck into a crowd in the central Tokyo Akihabara electronics district and then stacking passers-by.
Also in 2016, a man stuck four people in a library in northeastern Japan, allegedly over their mistreatment of his question. No one was killed.
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