Dozens of people injured in Tokyo – man stabbed in the subway and set a fire


Tokyo – Panic, fire and the injured! In Japan’s capital, there was a bloody attack in the subway on Sunday evening (local time).

A stranger (according to the police in his mid-twenties) attacked passengers with a knife in a compartment on the Keio line in Tokyo. After injuring more than ten people with the knife, he is said to have spread a liquid and started a fire.

According to Japanese media, the perpetrator was arrested at the scene.



Passengers flee from the fire in one of the wagonsPhoto: TWITTER / @ SIZ33 / via REUTERS

One of the victims, according to witness statements, was passed out when the police arrived. The act took place on Sunday evening near the Kokuryo station in the west of the metropolis.

It is still unclear what motive the perpetrator led to the knife attack and what liquid he distributed in the train. According to Japanese media, it is being checked whether it is hydrochloric acid.


The crime scene - the Kukoryo station in Tokyo - was completely cordoned off

The crime scene – the Kukoryo station in Tokyo – was completely cordoned offPhoto: TWITTER / @ SIZ33 / via REUTERS

Pictures from Japanese TV show countless firefighters, police officers and paramedics who are still looking after the passengers in the station.

Many of them had panicked and tried to escape the knife attack and the fire through the small train windows.


Firefighters, paramedics and police officers take care of the attacker's victims

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers take care of the attacker’s victimsPhoto: KYODO / via REUTERS

It was only in August of this year, one day before the end of the Olympic Games, that a 36-year-old attacked 10 people on a commuter train with a knife.

The man later testified to the police that he wanted to attack women who looked happy.

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