Tokyo Attack; Man wielding knife injures at least 10 on train

A man with a knife in his hand attacked at least 10 people on a commuter train in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward, in the west of the city, on Friday evening.

The 36-year-old suspect told police about his mischievous thoughts on this attack.  According to reports, the man became angry when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them. 

Nine of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals, Tokyo fire department officials said.  The incident happened at a time where the summer Olympics is getting over.  The site of the attack is a few kilometers from the venue of the Olympic equestrian events.

The man attacked passengers on a train near Seijogakuen station at about 20:40 (11:40 BST) on Friday.

The train was brought to an emergency stop by the driver after they heard noises coming from inside the carriages.

According to investigators, the suspect jumped onto the tracks and fled. The traincrew guided the passengers along the tracks to the nearest station.

The suspect walked into a convenience store and identified himself as the man who stabbed people on the train, according to the public television.

The store manager called the police after seeing bloodstains on his shirt.

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Some train services were suspended following “an assault in a carriage,” railway operator Odakyu Electric Railway Co. posted on its website.

All those who were taken to hospitals were conscious, fire department officials said. A woman in her 20s was seriously injured, according to media reports.

Despite Japan being one of the safest countries in the world, there have been a number of knife attacks in recent years.

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