Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

1 killed in stabbing on bullet train

1 killed in stabbing on bullet train

One man was killed and two women were severely injured during a stabbing incident Saturday aboard a shinkansen bullet train bound for Shin-Osaka from Tokyo, police said.

Odawara police official Satoshi Oiye said the suspect admitted to police that he had attacked the passengers. Meanwhile, the wounds of the 2 other passengers are not life-threatening, local media reported. The prefectural police will investigate details, including his motive.

Police detained the suspect after storming the carriage when the vehicle stopped at Odawara station. Another knife was found on the train.

Afterward, witnesses said some of the passengers were crying as they fled to the other coaches, shouting "Just keep going ahead", and "He has a knife!"

A female passenger told NHK: "Everyone fled and fell like one domino falling after another".


"I was in a foul mood", police quoted him as saying.

According to JR Central, an average of 446,000 passengers used Tokaido Shinkansen trains each day in fiscal 2015.

"I have been always anxious about him", his grandmother said in a telephone interview early Sunday. The train was heading to Osaka from Tokyo. She had been calling his mobile phone recently but could not reach him.

The attack occured on Saturday night, when the train was travelling with nearly 900 passengers onboard west in Kanagawa Prefecture, south Tokyo. (JR Tokai) announced it would move up its plan to install more security cameras in bullet trains.

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