Man stabs children at bus stop in Japan; at least 19 people injured


TOKYO – A man carrying a knife in each hand and shouting “I’m going to kill you” attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, injuring at least 19 people, including 13 children, Japanese authorities and media said.

The victims were lined up at a bus stop near Noborito Park in Kawasaki City when a man in his 40s and 50s attacked. NHK national television, citing police, said the suspect died after slitting his neck. Police would not immediately confirm the report or provide other specific details.

It was not immediately clear how many more had died.

A Kawasaki fire official told The Associated Press that one person was killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Some Japanese media reported at least three deaths, while others reported two, including the assailant.

The Kyodo News Agency reported that the 13 children who were stabbed were girls from a nearby private school in Kawasaki town.

A witness told the Mainichi newspaper that he heard children screaming after walking past a bus, and when he turned around, he saw a man brandishing a knife in each hand, shouting “I’m going to kill you” and that several children were on the ground.

NHK, citing police, said a bus driver told authorities a man with a knife in each hand walked towards the bus and started slashing children. NHK also interviewed a witness who said he saw the suspect trying to get his way on a bus.

The identity and motives of the assailant were not immediately known.

TV footage showed rescuers giving 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 seen a spate of high-profile murders, including in 2016 when a former worker at a home for the disabled allegedly killed 19 and injured more than 20 others.

In 2008, seven people were killed by a man who slammed a truck into a crowd of people in the electronic district of Akihabara in central Tokyo and then stabbed passers-by.

Also in 2016, a man stabbed four people in a library in northeastern Japan, allegedly for mismanaging his questions. No one was killed.

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