Deadly stabbing on Japan bullet train

Man stabbed to death, 2 women injured on bullet train

Ichiro Kojima, 22, a suspect in a stabbing incident inside a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, leaves Odawara police station after being arrested in Odawawa, west of Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 10, 2018.

Police said, they apprehended the 22-year old man, after the train made an unscheduled stop at Odawara station following an emergency call.

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their 20s were wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.

One of the injured women told the police Umeda had tried to stop the attacker when he began wielding a knife at her. At least two knives were found at the scene of the crime.

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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!"

Another passenger said: 'Everyone fled and fell like one domino falling after another. The assault occurred while the train, which was bound for Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka, was traveling on the section between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa Prefecture.

After being hospitalized for an undisclosed mental illness, he started working for a machinery maintenance firm in April 2015 but quit in February the following year.

According to JR Central, an average of 446,000 passengers used Tokaido Shinkansen trains each day in fiscal 2015. A female passenger was also killed and more than 20 people were injured as the fire and smoke spread throughout the carriages.

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