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TOKYO – A young schoolgirl was killed and at least 12 others were stabbed at a bus stop just outside the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Tuesday, national broadcaster NHK said citing the police.

Three adults were also injured, one of them showing no vital signs, after the incident in the city of Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, a city official told Reuters.

The girls, aged around 6 to 7, were students at a private Catholic school waiting for their school bus, NHK said.

The broadcaster said a man detained at the scene also died.

The suspect, a man probably in his 40s or 50s, was unconscious when he was arrested after stabbing himself in the neck, the statement said.

‘I heard screaming’

The man reportedly started slashing people as they waited at the bus stop and then on the bus, he added.

“I heard screams, then saw a man standing with a knife in each hand,” NHK said, citing an unidentified witness. “Then he collapsed to the ground.”

Two knives were found at the scene, NHK said.

The Kawasaki City Fire Department estimated the number of injured at 19, including three with serious injuries.

High profile incidents

Violent crime is relatively rare in Japan, but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the country.

More than a dozen people were injured in a wave of stabbing in 2010 in a school bus and a commuter bus in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Two years earlier, a 28-year-old man had driven a truck through a crowded crosswalk in Tokyo, killing three people and then fatally stabbing four others.


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