At least seven people were killed and 10 injured in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district on Sunday after a man drove a truck into pedestrians, got out and then began stabbing people.
The dead included six men aged from 19- to 74-years old and a 21-year-old woman. The 10 injured are made up of 8 men and 2 women. An additional person, initially reported as injured, sustained no injuries.
The incident took place on Chuo dori, the main street that cuts through the heart of the world-famous shopping district, at around 12:30pm. On Sundays the road is closed off to traffic to become a pedestrian area and is typically crowded with shoppers and those out the enjoy the area, which has a large number of shops specializing in electronics, computer hardware and software, manga comic books and computer games.
A 25 year-old man named in reports as Tomohiro Kato from nearby Shizuoka prefecture was arrested at the scene and is now undergoing questioning by local police.
The man told police he came to Akihabara to kill people and that "Anyone was OK," according to local media reports quoting police sources.
The suspect was carry a survival knife when arrested and had hired the truck and driven to Tokyo, the reports said. Local TV showed a man said to be the suspect subdued on the ground by local police before being bundled into a police car.
Such public attacks aren't common in Japan, but the attack comes seven years to the day that a man entered an elementary school in Osaka in western Japan and killed eight children with a knife. The attacker, Mamoru Takuma, was executed in 2004 for the crime.
In March this year a man wanted by police on suspicion of murder stabbed and killed a woman and injured 7 others in a shopping mall in Ibaraki, north of Tokyo. In January a high school student injured two with a knife on a shopping street in Tokyo.
On Sept. 8, 1999, a man killed two shoppers and injured others in a stabbing spree in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo.