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Knife attack on Japan train leaves 1 dead and 2 injured

Man stabbed to death, 2 women injured on bullet train Anyone will do: 22-year-old man nabbed for stabbings on Japan bullet train that left one dead
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 07:48

A MAN was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a bullet train last night, a rare violent assault in the Asian nation.

According to the newspaper, the attack occurred late on the train, EN route from Tokyo to Osaka. Some time after the departure of the young man suddenly began waving a knife and attacked were with him in the same auto passengers.

The victim was identified as Kotaro Umeda, a 38-year-old man from Hyogo Prefecture who died trying to stop him.

Police have nabbed an unemployed man who gave his name as Ichiro Kojima, 22, on suspicion of murder.

At the same time, according to the channel, in the things the attacker found numerous sharps. The train was heading to Osaka from Tokyo.

The police suspect that Kojima had a strong intent to kill. Two women in their 20s, suffered minor injuries and are in a stable condition.

Odawara police official Satoshi Oiye said the suspect admitted to police that he had attacked the passengers.

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Investigators found two knives in the vehicle where the attack took place.

Witnesses said passengers were in tears as they attempted to flee in panic. Some were holding removed seats, apparently to protect themselves.

According to the Kanagawa prefectural police and other sources, three passengers on the train were attacked.

After being hospitalized for an undisclosed mental illness, he started working for a machinery maintenance firm in April 2015 but quit in February the following year.

"I have always been anxious about him", the woman said in a telephone interview with Kyodo News early Sunday.

He talked about suicidal thoughts before running away, she said.

The train was carrying about 880 passengers when the attack took place. (JR Tokai) announced it would move up its plan to install more security cameras in bullet trains.