A knife-wielding man has attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in the Japanese city of Kawasaki close Tokyo. In the attack, 18 individuals were harmed in a residential location. Two of them, an 11-year-old young girl and a 39-year old person, have passed away.
A suspect, a man in his 50s, cut himself in the neck after his frenzy and later passed away in a medical clinic. Such crimes are uncommon in Japan and the motive behind the attack is unknown.
The suspect was holding knives in two hands as he attacked the people – 16 of whom were girl students. Police later named the casualties of the deadly assault as Hanako Kuribayashi, who was in the 6th grade, and foreign ministry official Satoshi Oyama, who is accepted to be the parent of another kid.
The suspect has not been named. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe censured the assault, saying he felt “strong anger” against it. The attack occurred just before 08:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday) close to a nearby park and a train station.
Various students were waiting to board their bus to the adjacent Caritas grade school, a private Catholic school. The driver of the Caritas transport revealed to NHK that he saw a man approach the line of students. He started attacking the kids and after that boarded the bus and attacked kids inside too, as per the BBC’s Japan journalist, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.
US President Donald Trump, who was in Japan on the most recent day of a state visit, likewise offered his “prayers and sympathy” to the victims of the attack.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.