Tokyo subway attacker wore ‘Joker’ costume and sought death sentence, stabbed 17 people before starting fire – reports
31 Oct, 2021 19:30
A man believed to be a knife and arson attacker, seen alongside crowds fleeing the scene of the attack in Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2021 © Twitter / @takahashi9811 and Reuters / Twitter / @SIZ33
Follow RT onPolice and witnesses say 17 people were injured in a stabbing spree on a busy Tokyo subway train. The suspect, who also set a fire on board the train, was reportedly dressed as Batman’s ‘Joker’.
The 24-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday night after allegedly stabbing 17 people on a train heading toward Shinjuku, the world’s busiest train station. The Tokyo Fire Department told AP that three of the 17 victims were seriously injured. The suspect also doused parts of the train car with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, Japanese state-owned news organization NHK reported, citing witnesses.
The suspect reportedly told police that he wanted to commit murder and be sentenced to death, and that he drew inspiration from a previous train stabbing case, AP reported, citing Nippon Television.
The Halloween rampage came two weeks after a 45-year-old man was arrested for stabbing two men at Tokyo’s Ueno Station. Both victims were hospitalized and the suspect – who was reportedly “rambling incoherently” and carrying a bloody knife – was soon apprehended by police.ALSO ON RT.COMAt least 10 injured during knife attack on Tokyo train, suspect detained after escape
Back in August, a 36-year-old man stabbed 10 passengers on a commuter train in suburban Tokyo, before fleeing the scene. He was arrested shortly afterwards, and according to NHK, told police that he wanted to murder women who “looked happy.”
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