A knife-wielding attacker carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, murdering two and injuring 16 before killing himself.
Most of the victims were schoolgirls aged around 6 to 7, who were lined up at a bus stop near Noborito Park in the city of Kawasaki when a man in his 40s or 50s began slashing them with knives.
The attacker died after cutting himself in the neck.
The girls were students at a private Catholic school founded by Soeurs de la Charite de Quebec, an organization of Catholic nuns in Quebec City in Canada.
Masami Arai, an official at the Kawasaki city office, said 16 people, most of them schoolgirls, were injured and three others, including the attacker, were believed killed. Arai said three of the injuries were serious and 13 others were not life-threatening.
Violent crime is rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the nation.