Man Disguised As Joker Arrested After Injuring 17 People In Tokyo Train Attack

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Man Disguised As Joker Arrested After Injuring 17 People In Tokyo Train Attack


A man dressed in Batman’s Joker costume has been arrested on charges of attempted murder after a knife and fire attack on a train in Tokyo, Japanese media say at least 17 people were injured and one in serious condition after he was killed. been stabbed.

Witnesses told national broadcaster NHK of the bloody attack that occurred on Sunday, when the Japanese capital was full of Halloween revelers, many in costume.

According to media reports, the assailant, in his 20s and wearing a green shirt and indigo suit, attacked people with a knife and started a fire on the train.

A video clip released by NHK showed panicked passengers getting off the train as smoke filled the wagon, with flames also visible. Another video posted to Twitter showed people climbing through windows to escape the Keio Line train at a station.

The line operator said services were partially suspended after “an incident involving injuries” occurred just before 8 p.m. near Kokuryō in the city’s western suburbs.

“At first I thought it was something like a Halloween event. But I rushed in when a man with a long knife entered. I was very lucky not to be injured, ”a man on the train told NHK.

The assailant showed no emotion during the attack, said a passenger.

“He held a knife and started spilling liquid,” she said. “He was committing this act without showing any emotion, just mechanically. I think it scared everyone.

Rescue workers and police are working at the site where a knife incident, arson and acid attack occurred on the train. Photograph: KYODO / Reuters

Kyodo News said 15 people were injured in the attack, with NHK reporting 17 were injured with a man in his sixties stabbed and in serious condition.

Dozens of firefighters and police were seen working outside the station.

Violent crime is rare in Japan, but in August nine people were injured, including one seriously, when stabbed on a suburban train in Tokyo, the suspect fleeing the scene and later surrendering.

In a separate attack in August, two people were burned in an acid attack on a Tokyo subway station.

Japan has strict gun laws, but sometimes there are violent crimes involving other weapons. In 2019, a man killed two people, including a schoolgirl, and injured more than a dozen in a rampage that targeted children as they waited for a bus.

And in 2018, a man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others on a bullet train.

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