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Deadly stabbing spree in Japan leaves one dead, two injured

By Sheetal Sukhija, The Tokyo News
11 Jun 2018, 02:17 GMT+10

TOKYO, Japan - In a bizarre incident on Saturday night, a man aboard a bullet train in Tokyo went on a random stabbing spree, and killed a fellow passenger, while leaving two others injured.

The man, identified as 22-year-old Ichiro Kojima, is said to have attacked his victims around 10 pm aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka.

Officials said that the suspect stabbed a man to death on the train and left two women with serious injures.

After an alert was raised, the train, which was carrying about 880 passengers at the time made an emergency stop at Odawara station.

The Kanagawa prefectural police, who were alerted about the incident are said to have stormed the rail carriage at the station and arrested the suspect on the spot. 

A local police spokesman told reporters that the man was arrested from the 12th carriage of the 16-car train service Nozomi 265, on suspicions of attempted murder.

The spokesman added that two women, who suffered injuries to their heads and shoulders, had suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Adding, "A male passenger was sent to hospital and his death was confirmed later.”

The victim, who was said to have been based in Osaka, was reportedly slashed in his neck and succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the hospital. 

A report in the Japanese public broadcaster NHK revealed that upon questioning by investigators, the suspect had indicated that the stabbings were random and indiscriminate.

He reported told investigators that he felt "frustrated and wanted to kill someone. Anyone would do.”

The suspect also told the police that he used at least two knives in the attack.

Meanwhile, the report quoted witnesses as saying that passengers were trying to flee in panic as the incident unfolded aboard the moving bullet train.

The incident occurred in the train which runs between one of the world’s busiest train routes - between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations.

Attacks on this nature are very rare in Japan, which has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world.

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