Japan: Bullet train knife attack kills one

Police officers walk near the entrance to the Tokaido Shinkansen Line at Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture early on June 10

A knife attack on a Japanese bullet express train near Tokyo has left one passenger dead and two others injured.

What appear to be fleeing passengers' belongings are strewn on the floor of a shinkansen auto next to the one where a knife-yielding man killed a male passenger and injured two women on June 9, 2018.

The 22-year-old told police he carried out the attack because he was frustrated, and said he randomly attacked the victims.

The fatal stabbing occurred at about 22:00 local time (13:00 GMT) on Saturday on board a Shinkansen train travelling from Tokyo to Osaka. The two women, who are both in their 20s, are conscious and in no danger.

The stabbings had occurred in the 12th carriage of the 16-car train service Nozomi 265, which runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations - considered to be one of the world's busiest train routes. Police are continuing to investigate his motives, Oiye said.

Kojima had two knives in his possession when he was apprehended. The train was crowded with women thought to have attended an event.

"Witnesses said passengers were crying as they ran to other coaches, shouting "Just keep going ahead" and "(the suspect) has a knife".

The suspect left home in Okazaki last December, according to his 81-year-old grandmother, who lived with him.

In 2015, a man died after setting himself on fire on board a bullet train.

According to the Kanagawa prefectural police and other sources, three passengers on the train were attacked. The train was carrying more than 800 passengers at the time of the incident.

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