Knife attack in Japan kills three including a 12-year-old schoolgirl

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A middle-aged man went on a knifing spree in Japan. The incident happened in the city of Kawasaki. The suspect held a knife in each hand and attacked the children. They were standing in the school bus line and one of the girls died in the attack. She was a 12-year-old. Another man also fell victim to the knifeman. He went on to slash 18 commuters before he killed himself. Most of his victims were primary school girls. The hospital authorities confirmed death of two. In addition, the police confirmed the suspect died from self-inflicted wounds. A bus driver was witness to the inhuman act. It seems the attacker tried to enter the school bus by force. As a result, the tragedy occurred during the busy early morning. At that time of the day people head for office and the children go to school.

Knife attack in Japan’s Kawasaki City 2019. [Image source/YouTube video]

Donald Trump was in Japan at the time

The US President Donald Trump is on a visit to Japan. He expressed his condolences during his meeting with troops outside Tokyo. At the time, he was on board a Japanese naval destroyer. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent across his message of condolences. Everyone was surprised because of the suddenness of the attack. According to a local resident, the schoolchildren lined up at the bus stop every day.

Sumo, burgers and golf on Trump’s high-stakes visit to Japan. [Image source/YouTube video]

Previous incidents

Violent crimes are rare in Japan, which has strict gun control regulations. However, there were instances of knife attacks in the past. In 2018, a man stabbed another person to death in a bullet train. It led to introduction of new security measures on the famed rail service. Earlier to that, in 2016, a man stabbed 19 people to death. It happened at a disability center in Tokyo. The attacker wanted to rid the world of people with mental illness. Before that, in 2008, a man rammed his truck into a crowd in Tokyo. Seven people lost their lives.

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