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BULLET TRAIN BLOODBATH

Crazed bullet train passenger kills one and wounds two more in knife rampage in Japan

A male passenger, 38, was pronounced dead after police found him unconscious with stab wounds to his neck and a knife in his thigh

A KNIFE-wielding attacker killed one and wounded two others in a stabbing spree on board a Japanese bullet train last night.

Police stormed the carriage and found suspect Ichiro Kojima, 22, on top of a man lying unconscious in the isle with a knife stuck in his thigh.

 Suspect Ichiro Kojima, 22, was pictured with with blood covering his hands and face following the attack
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Suspect Ichiro Kojima, 22, was pictured with with blood covering his hands and face following the attack

The 38-year-old victim also had a stab wound to his neck and was pronounced dead an hour later in hospital.

Two female passengers in their 20s were also injured in the neck and other parts of their bodies, though their conditions were not life-threatening.

Japanese television footage showed other passengers desperately trying to escape to other cars of the Osaka-bound train.

Witnesses said passengers were in tears as they attempted to flee in panic. "All of a sudden, a lot of passengers were dashing... people panicked," one male passenger told the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.

 Footage surfaced showing terrified passengers trying to escape in other carriages
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Footage surfaced showing terrified passengers trying to escape in other carriages
 Police arrested Kojima after finding him on top of a stab victim lying unconscious in the train isle
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Police arrested Kojima after finding him on top of a stab victim lying unconscious in the train isle

The Nozomi train made an emergency stop at Odawara station, just west of Tokyo, following reports of a knife-wielding attacker on board.

Officers apprehended Kojima in the carriage. He was pictured cuffed with blood covering his hands and face as he was arrested.

Odawara police official Satoshi Oiye said the suspect admitted he had attacked the passengers. Police are continuing to investigate his motives, Mr Oiye added.

Japanese media reported that Kojima said he made the assaults because he was 'irritated and felt like attacking anyone'.

 The bullet train was forced to make an emergency stop following reports of a knife attack on board
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The bullet train was forced to make an emergency stop following reports of a knife attack on board
 Japanese police pictured leaving the station after investigating the carnage on board
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Japanese police pictured leaving the station after investigating the carnage on board
 Police are still investigating the attacker's motives
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Police are still investigating the attacker's motives
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Mr Oiye said investigators also found a machete believed to be Komaji's at the stabbing scene. It is understood he intended to use it in further attacks on the train.

A relative who lived with Kojima said the suspect had sounded suicidal.

“He was a quiet and gentle type,” the relative in his 50s told The Asahi Shimbun. “He had said things like, ‘I cannot see any meaning in my life. I will die,’ but I never dreamed he would commit [such a crime].”

Japan is known as one of the world's safest countries, and violent random attacks are rare.

In 2005, however, a man set himself on fire while on a bullet train, killing himself and another passenger and injuring almost 30 others, triggering calls for stricter security measures on bullet trains.


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