TEMPO.CO, 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 television station NHK said citing 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. NHK said a suspect held at the scene later died.
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.
Rescue workers and police are operating at the site where sixteen people were injured in an alleged stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan on May 28, 2019. Three adults were also injured, one from them showing no vital signs after the incident in Kawasaki City, south of Tokyo, a city official told Reuters. NHK said a suspect held at the scene later died. Kyodo / via REUTERS
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.
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.
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 more.