Knife-wielding man sets Tokyo train on fire, injuring at least 8, public broadcaster reports

The incident took place, authorities say, around 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) on a train on the Keio rail line, NHK reported.

The train operated near Kokuryo Station, in the city of Chofu, west of Tokyo.

The suspect was also reported to have spilled liquid on the train car, which then caught fire.

At least eight people were injured, NHK reported, citing police. One of the victims, a man in his 60s, is seriously injured and unconscious, the station added.

Police said a man in his 20s, who was carrying a knife, was detained, according to NHK.

The train operator said in a tweet that the train’s operation was halted due to the incident.

While violent crime is rare in Japan, there have been a number of violent knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.

In August, 10 passengers on a train in Tokyo were stabbed by a man with a knife, according to the Tokyo Fire Department. The suspect later turned himself in at a convenience store, NHK reported at the time. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said the man confessed that he “just wanted to kill any happy-looking woman, anyone,” NHK reported.

In 2019, two people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed and 17 other children were injured. In a wave of stabbings in Kawasaki city, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Tokyo. In 2016, 19 people were killed in an attack on a nursing home for the disabled, the deadliest mass slaughter in Japan since the end of World War II.

And in June 2008, a man in a pickup truck crashed into a crowd in Tokyo’s popular Akihabara district and then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing pedestrians, killing seven people.

Japan, a country considered one of the safest in the world, strictly regulates weapons. It is illegal for people to carry a pocket knife, craft knife, hunting knife, or cutter in public, according to the U.S. Department of State.

CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki and Miki Lendon contributed reporting.

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