TOKYO – A man with a knife stabbed at least 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo on Friday and was captured by police after fleeing, fire officials and news reports said.
NHK public television said a passenger was seriously injured. He said the suspect left his knife behind as he fled and then went to a convenience store. The Japanese capital is currently hosting the Olympics, which end on Sunday.
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Tokyo firefighters said nine of the 10 injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, while the tenth was able to escape. All of the injured were conscious, firefighters said.
A witness at a nearby station where the train stopped said passengers were rushing out of the cars and screaming that there had been stabbing and asking for first aid. Another witness told NHK he saw bloodstained passengers exit the train, as an announcer asked for medics and passengers wearing towels.
Dozens of paramedics and police arrived at the station, one of the witnesses said.
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NHK said the suspect later walked into a convenience store and identified himself as the suspect on the news and said he was tired of running away. The store manager called the police after seeing blood stains on the man’s shirt. Police were questioning the man as they prepared for his arrest, NHK said.
The stabbing took place near Seijogakuen station, according to train operator Odakyu Electric Railway Co.
Police declined to comment and no further details were immediately available.
While gunshot deaths are rare in Japan, the country has seen a spate of high-profile knife killings in recent years.
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In 2019, a man carrying two knives attacked a group of schoolgirls waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo, killing two people and injuring 17 before committing suicide. In 2018, a man killed a passenger and injured two others in a knife attack on a high-speed train. In 2016, a former employee of a home for the disabled reportedly killed 19 people and injured more than 20.
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