Three folks, together with two college students on their method to take college entrance exams, have been stabbed Saturday simply exterior of a take a look at venue, and authorities arrested a 17-year-old pupil on the scene on suspicion of tried homicide, Tokyo police mentioned.
The victims — two 18-year-old highschool college students and a 72-year-old man — have been all aware and their accidents weren’t life-threatening once they have been rushed to a hospital for remedy, police mentioned. But the aged sufferer was later in critical situation, native media reported.
Police mentioned the attacker, who was recognized solely as a highschool pupil from the central Japanese metropolis of Nagoya as a result of he’s a minor, slashed the three folks of their again on a avenue simply exterior of the University of Tokyo’s most important campus, one of many venues for Japan’s two-day nationwide entrance exams this weekend.
Police mentioned they’re investigating the attacker’s motives. He was not taking the examination. Police are additionally trying right into a small hearth at a close-by subway station that occurred simply earlier than the assault. The suspect claimed to be chargeable for the subway station hearth, in accordance with native media.
The teenage attacker instructed police he was struggling along with his educational efficiency and that he wished to kill himself after committing the crimes, NHK public tv reported.
About 3,700 college students attended Saturday’s exams on the University of Tokyo and so they started as scheduled regardless of the assault.
Violent crimes are uncommon in Japan however there have been a sequence of random knifing and arson assaults in latest months.
In December, 25 folks have been killed in an arson assault at a psychological well being clinic in Osaka, by which a suspect additionally was badly injured and later died. In October, a 24-year-old man wearing a Joker costume from the Batman films stabbed an aged man and began a fireplace on a crowded prepare automotive in Tokyo, injuring greater than a dozen folks. In August, a 36-year-old man wounded about 10 folks in a knife assault on one other Tokyo commuter prepare.