| May 26, 2023

Three dead in stabbing, shooting attack in Japan

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Police officers stand guard on a street leading to a building where a man is holed up in Nakano. (Photo: Asia News Network)


Three people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting and stabbing incident in a city in rural Japan on Thursday (May 25), with the suspect having barricaded himself inside a house, police said.

According to reports, officers rushed to the scene after a pedestrian reported a commotion in Nakano city in the central Japanese prefecture of Nagano.

A witness told Kyodo news agency that a woman fell while being chased by the suspect, who then stabbed her with a knife and shot at two police officers with a shotgun as they arrived at the scene.

(Photo: Asia News Network)

“A woman came running from the road saying, ‘help me’ and she fell down. Behind her came a man wearing camouflage and carrying a large knife, who stabbed her in the back,” the man said.

A fourth person, who was near where the suspect was holed up, was injured during the incident.

According to several media reports, the attacker was described as a man wearing a hat, mask and sunglasses.

City officials urged residents in the area to stay home. No other details, including about the suspect and his motives, were immediately known.


Crimes involving guns are extremely rare in Japan, where gun ownership is tightly regulated and anyone seeking to own a gun must go through a rigorous process before a licence is granted.

But in recent years, there have been some high-profile cases involving random knifings on subways and arson attacks, and there is growing concern about homemade guns and explosives.


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