At least 2 people were killed and 17 injured in a mass stabbing incident on the street in Kawasaki City, south of Japan's Tokyo. The injured included primary school children. A man with a knife attacked people lined up at the bus stop, according to media reports.
Public broadcaster NHK said at least three people were in critical condition. Police said one suspect, a man, had been detained. NHK said he had stabbed himself, suffering a serious wound.
“One man and one female child are showing no vital signs, said fire department official Yuji Sekizawa, employing a phrase commonly used in Japan to mean the victims have died but the death has not yet been certified by an official medical professional.
Footage broadcast on local TV stations showed multiple police cars, ambulances and fire engines at the scene. Emergency medical tents were put up to treat the wounded.
The fire department said 17 others were injured in the attack, among them more children.
“A man stabbed them,” another spokesman for the department, Dai Nagase, earlier told AFP. “We received an emergency call at 7:44 am, which said four elementary schoolchildren were stabbed.”
Police said one suspect, a man, had been detained. NHK said he had stabbed himself, suffering a serious wound. There was no immediate indication of a motive.