Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Passenger killed in knife attack on Japan bullet train

Passenger killed in knife attack on Japan bullet train

Some time after the departure of the young man suddenly began waving a knife and attacked were with him in the same vehicle passengers.

The three people were sent to the hospital, but 38-year-old corporate employee Kotaro Umeda from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, died.

Police say they arrested a suspect after the train made an unscheduled stop late on Saturday at Odawara station following an emergency call.

At the same time, according to the channel, in the things the attacker found numerous sharps. 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.

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.

As a result of incident one man was killed and two women injured.

Witnesses said passengers fled in panic, some of them in tears. Some were holding removed seats, apparently to protect themselves.

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

Kojima left home in Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, last December, according to an 81-year-old woman believed to be a relative of the suspect.

"I have been always anxious about him", his grandmother said in a telephone interview early Sunday.

He talked about suicidal thoughts before running away, she said.

There were about 880 passengers on board the train at the time of the incident.

The fire, which also occurred on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, prompted operators to increase station patrols and install security cameras on trains, though checking baggage has been viewed as impractical due to the huge numbers of passengers.

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