TOKYO: Two people, including a child, are feared dead after a mass stabbing attack on Tuesday near Tokyo that injured a further 19, a fire department official told AFP.
“One man, and one female child are showing no vital signs,” said fire department official Yuji Sekizawa, a phrase commonly used in Japan to mean the victims have died but the deaths have not yet been certified by a medical officer.
Earlier, Dai Nagase, spokesman for the Kawasaki Fire Department was quoted as saying, “A man stabbed them. We received an emergency call at 7:44 am, which said four elementary schoolchildren were stabbed.”
Police said one suspect, a man, had been detained. Public broadcaster NHK said he had stabbed himself, suffering a serious wound.
The broadcaster said two knives were spotted at the scene, but there was no immediate confirmation from officials.
The attack occurred at a park not far from a local train station, local media said.
Footage broadcast on local TV stations showed multiple police cars, ambulances and fire engines at the scene.
Emergency medical tents were put up to treat the wounded.