UPDATE: Two people have died in a knife attack at a bus stop in Kawasaki City, Japan. The male suspect, in his 40s or 50s, stabbed himself in the neck and died.
May 27, 2019 A stabbing attack at a bus stop outside of Tokyo, Japan injured at many as nineteen people earlier today, including 17 children.
Police responded to a call at approximately 7:45 a.m. that several people had been stabbed at Norbito Park in Kawasaki, Japan. When they arrived on the scene they found both children and adults with stab wounds.
Keiichi Hayakawa, a spokesperson for the Kawasaki Fire Department said:
“The number of injured people is now 19, including one who is seriously injured and now shows no vital signs”
A male suspect was taken into police custody after stabbing himself. Police have not released a motive for the gruesome attack.
Mass attacks are rare in Japan, which has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world.
In July, 2016, a man armed with 3 knives and cable ties killed nineteen people and seriously injured 26 others in a stabbing attack in Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. The attack took place at a care home for disabled people. The motive for the brutal attack, according to police was the attacker’s hatred for the disabled. In 2001, eight children were killed in a knife attack at an elementary school in Osaka.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.