Ten passengers injured on a commuter train in Tokyo | Crime News

Japanese police said the suspect, a man in his 20s, left a knife behind as he fled the scene and then surrendered.

A man stabbed at least 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and fled, but was later captured by police, fire officials and news reports said.

NHK public television said a passenger was seriously injured in Friday’s attack. He said the suspect left his knife behind as he fled and then went to a convenience store.

The Tokyo Fire Department said nine of the 10 injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, while the 10th was able to escape. All of the injured were conscious, firefighters said.

Violent crime is rare in Japan, and the attack is accompanied by a heightened security alert in the capital as it hosts the Olympics.

The stabbing took place on an evening train in the Setagaya neighborhood, west of the city.

A woman in her 20s suffered serious back injuries, state broadcaster NHK said, citing emergency response officials.

The site is several kilometers from the site of the Olympic equestrian events.

A station staff member stands near passengers at the site where a stabbing incident occurred on a train, at Soshigaya-Okura Station of the Odakyu Electric Railway in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo [Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters]

A witness at a nearby station where the train stopped said passengers were rushing out of the cars and screaming that there had been stabbing and asking for first aid. Another witness told NHK he saw bloodstained passengers exit the train, as an announcer asked for medics and passengers wearing towels.

Dozens of paramedics and police arrived at the station, one of the witnesses said.

The train was brought to an emergency stop after the train operator was alerted, and a knife and a cell phone believed to belong to the suspect were found on board.

The suspect, in his 20s, was reportedly arrested by police after visiting a nearby convenience store, telling the manager he was the perpetrator of the attack.

Japan has strict gun laws, but sometimes there are violent crimes involving other weapons.

In 2019, a man killed two people including a schoolgirl and injured more than a dozen in a rampage that targeted children as they waited for a bus.

And in 2018, a man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a high-speed train.

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