A homicidal maniac wielding two knives, one in each hand, attacked schoolgirls awaiting a bus in Japan. “I will kill you,” the man screamed as he attacked schoolgirls waiting at the bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 16 before killing himself.
The police in Japan have not released much information about the attacker just yet. According to Market Watch, most of the victims were schoolgirls who were lined up at a bus stop near Noborito Park in the city of Kawasaki when a man in his 50s began slashing them with knives. City officials, quoting police, said that the suspect was captured but has already died from a self-inflicted cut to the neck.
The mainstream media is not widely reporting on this story (although they have touched on it) because the killer used knives to take the lives of other humans. It could also be because the attacker was coming for schoolgirls at a local Catholic school, said Masami Arai, an official at the Kawasaki city office. Arai said three of the injuries were serious and 13 others were not life-threatening.
Since this cannot be turned into a propaganda piece for the destruction of gun rights in the United States, the media is not likely to care much about the deaths by knife. Most of the victims attended Caritas Gakuen, a well-known private school founded by Soeurs de la Charite de Quebec, an organization of Catholic nuns in Quebec City in Canada.
Kanagawa prefectural police only confirmed the death of sixth-grade schoolgirl Hanako Kuribayashi, 11, from Tokyo. Hospital officials at a televised news conference confirmed the 11-year-old’s death as well as that of a man in his 30s, saying both of them had been slashed in the head, chest, and face.
Separately, doctors at St. Marianna University School of Medicine, said a man in his 50s died at the hospital after being brought in from the crime scene with neck injuries. City officials and the media said the man is the suspect. -Market Watch
Although Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it has had a series of high-profile killings, including in 2016 when a former employee at a home for the disabled allegedly killed 19 and injured more than 20 others.
In 2008, seven people were killed by a man who slammed a truck into a crowd of people in central Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district and then stabbed passers-by.
Also in 2016, a man stabbed four people at a library in northeastern Japan, allegedly over their mishandling of his questions. No one was killed.