Japan stabbing attack leaves at least 1child dead, many wounded

One young schoolgirl was killed and at least 12 other children were injured in a stabbing at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, national broadcaster NHK cited police as saying. Three adults were also wounded in the attack in Kawasaki City. 

NHK also reported that the suspect, initially taken into custody alive, later died. 

The national broadcaster Kyodo reported that two girls suffered slight injuries, while the condition of the rest was unknown. The girls, aged around six to seven, were students at a private Catholic school waiting for a school bus.

A male suspect was detained on the spot and was badly hurt after stabbing himself in the neck, national broadcaster NHK said. Initial reports said he had stabbed himself in the shoulder. 


This aerial photo shows the scene of the attack in Kawasaki. An injured suspect has been taken into custody by police. (Kyodo News via Associated Press)

NHK said the man, likely in his 40s or 50s, began slashing at people waiting at a bus stop.

Two knives, along with some victims, were found in a nearby park, according to NHK.

Violent crime is rare in Japan but there have periodically been high-profile attacks that have shocked the nation.

A stabbing spree on a school bus and a commuter bus in a Tokyo suburb in 2010 injured more than a dozen people. 

Two years earlier, a 28-year-old man drove a truck into a crowded pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, killing three people, and then fatally stabbed four more.

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