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Stabbing on Tokyo train: At least 10 people injured

Stabbing on Tokyo train: At least 10 people injured

A man with a knife stabbed at least ten people Friday night on a train in Tokyo according to the Tokyo Fire Department.

The department found victims with bloodstains when they arrived at the scene after responding to a call at 8:38 p.m. and. All victims were conscious and one person walked away on their own. No deaths have been reported.

The stabbing occured on an Odakyu Line train, between Seijogakuen-mae station and Soshigaya-Okura station in Setagaya Ward.

Stabbing on Tokyo train: At least 10 people injured
Police escort rescue workers carrying a person through a train station after a knife attack on a train in Tokyo, Japan August 6, 2021 by REUTERS

According to Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, the suspect walked to a convenience store and turned himself in, saying to the clerk, “I am the suspect of the crime that’s playing in the news right now. I’m tired of running.” Tokyo Metropolitan Police say the man admitted the charge and confessed he “just wanted to kill any women who looked happy, anyone,” NHK reported.

NHK reported the suspect appears to be in his 30s, and the store clerk said he had bloodstains on a part of his body.

Violent crime is rare in Japan but there has been a spate of violent knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.

In June 2008, a man in a light truck drove into a crowd in the popular Akihabara district and then jumped out of the vehicle and started stabbing pedestrians, leaving seven dead.

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