Tuesday morning a 12-year-old girl and a man in his thirties were killed in a knife attack near the Japanese capital Tokyo. Fifteen others, especially girls en route to school, were injured. A man attacked them with a knife at a bus stop according to the local authorities reports. The attacker, in his fifties, was arrested but was unconscious after he stabbed himself in the neck. He died in the hospital, according to the Japanese news agency Kyodo. The police found two knives at the site of the attack.
The incident took place in Kawasaki, a city near Tokyo, in full morning rush hour. Of the 15 injured girls, three 6-year-olds are still fighting for their life. A woman in her forties also suffered serious injuries. They are particularly badly injured in the head and neck, explains Takehito Otsubo, deputy director of the hospital where they were admitted. According to eyewitnesses, the man said during the attack that he wanted to kill his victims.
US President Donald Trump, who completed his four-day state visit to Japan on Tuesday, said that “the Americans are on the side of the Japanese people and sympathize with the victims and their families.”