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Man dies after being stabbed in the neck on Japanese bullet train


Ichiro Kojima, 22, after being arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man to death (Picture: EPA)

A man has died after being stabbed in the neck on a bullet train in Japan.

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their twenties were also wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said they arrested Ichiro Kojima, 22, after the train made an unscheduled stop today at Odawara station, west of Tokyo, following an emergency call that there was a knife-wielding man.

He attacked the victims around 10pm aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, police and news reports said.

Police officers stormed into the rail carriage and took the man into custody after the train, carrying some 880 passengers, made an emergency stop at Odawara station.

Firefighters are seen at Odawara station as a Japan's bullet train made an unscheduled stop due to a knifing attack in Odawara, Japan, late Saturday, June 9, 2018. A knifing spree on a Japanese express train near Tokyo has left one passenger dead and two others injured. (Kyodo News via AP)

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their twenties were also wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.(PIcture: AP)

Japan's bullet train Nozomi 265 is seen after the train made a stop due to a stabbing attack at Odawara station in Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture early on June 10, 2018. A man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a bullet train on June 9 night, a rare violent assault in the Asian nation. The suspect, identified as Ichiro Kojima, attacked the victims around 10:00 pm (1300 GMT) aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, police and news reports said. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s bullet train Nozomi 265 is seen after the train made a stop due to a stabbing attack at Odawara station in Odawara (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Police arrested the 22-year-old unemployed suspect on suspicion of attempted murder, a local police spokesman said.

‘A male passenger was sent to hospital and his death was confirmed later,’ the spokesman said.

The suspect told investigators that he felt ‘frustrated and wanted to kill someone’, public broadcaster NHK said, adding that he used at least two knives.

Witnesses said passengers fled in panic, some of them in tears.

‘All of a sudden, a lot of passengers were dashing from behind. People panicked’, a 44-year-old male passenger said.

A Japanese policeman walks with a trolley at Odawara station in Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture early on June 10, 2018, after inspecting a bullet train where a stabbing attack happened. A man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a bullet train on June 9 night, a rare violent assault in the Asian nation. The suspect, identified as Ichiro Kojima, attacked the victims around 10:00 pm (1300 GMT) aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, police and news reports said. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

A Japanese policeman walks with a trolley at Odawara station (Picture: AFP)

Police vehicles are seen outside Odawara station in Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture early on June 10, 2018, after a stabbing attack on a bullet train. A man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a bullet train on June 9 night, a rare violent assault in the Asian nation. The suspect, identified as Ichiro Kojima, attacked the victims around 10:00 pm (1300 GMT) aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, police and news reports said. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

Police vehicles are seen outside Odawara station in the aftermath of the attack (Picture: AFP)

‘Everyone appeared to be feeling the strain and some of them cried,’ he said.

Another passenger said : ‘Everyone fled and fell like one domino falling after another. I was scared to death.’

Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world and mass attacks are extremely rare.

In 2015, a man set himself ablaze on board a moving bullet train, killing himself and a woman in an unprecedented incident.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/06/10/man-dies-after-being-stabbed-in-the-neck-on-japanese-bullet-train-7619937

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