7 killed, 11 injured in stabbing rampage in Akihabara
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TOKYO — Seven people died and 11 others were injured after a man hit pedestrians with a truck and then went on a stabbing rampage Sunday on a street in Tokyo’s busy Akihabara district, a popular electronics area and a magnet for comic and animation fans.
Police arrested the man, 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato from Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, and seized a survival knife he was carrying. He admitted to stabbing all the people with the knife from around 12:30 p.m., police said. The truck was rented in Shizuoka Prefecture.
‘‘I came to Akihabara to kill people,’’ investigative sources quoted Kato as telling police. ‘‘I am tired of the world. Anyone was OK. I came alone.’’
According to police and hospital officials, six of the seven who died were males and aged 19, 20, 29, 33, 47 and 74. The other was a 21-year-old female.
The 11 people who were injured in the rampage and taken to hospital were nine men and two women, including a traffic police officer who was patrolling at the time.
Shunichi Jingu, a 26-year-old self-employed man from Gunma Prefecture, who witnessed the incident, said, ‘‘It seemed that a traffic accident had happened. Then a man got out of a vehicle and brandished a knife.’’
How horrible crimes are rising on Akiba, this is a gruesome murder. I pity those who were killed.
Updated: People who were killed in this incident
- Katsuhiko Nakamura (male, 74 years old)
- Kazunori Fujino (male, 19)
- Kasuhiro Koiwa (male, 47)
- Naoki Miyamoto (male, 31)
- Takahiro Kawaguchi (male, 19)
- Mai Mutō (female, 21)
- Mitsuru Matsui (male, 33)