International desk – A schoolgirl and a man were killed and 16 others injured after a knife-wielding man attacked when they were waiting for a bus in a Japanese city near Tokyo on Tuesday.
Police said the suspected attacker age around 50 killed by stabbing himself in the neck after the rampage on a residential street of Kawasaki.
Violent crime in Japan is rare.
Local media reported that the suspect was holding knives in both hands as he attacked the victims – sixteen of whom were schoolgirls.
And the 39-year-old victim is believed to be the parent of one of the children.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned the attack, saying he felt “strong anger” against it, according to BBC.
“It is a very harrowing case. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims and hope the injured recover quickly,” Abe said.
The incident took place just before 08:00 local time near a local park and a train station.
A number of students were waiting to board their bus to the nearby Caritas elementary school, a private Catholic school.
The driver of the Caritas school bus said he saw a man approach the queue of students. He began stabbing the children and then boarded the bus and stabbed children inside as well.
Kyodo news outlet said the man was heard shouting “I’m going to kill you” during the attack. He was apprehended by police and later died in hospital from injuries.
Emergency services arrived at the scene and set up medical tents to treat the wounded.
Relatives and well-wishers have placed flowers outside the site of the attack in a tribute to the victims.
US President Donald Trump, who was in Japan on the last day of a state visit, also offered his “prayers and sympathy” to the victims.
In 2016, 19 people at a care centre for people with mental disabilities were stabbed by a former worker. He reportedly said he wanted those with disabilities to “disappear”.
Eight students were killed in a 2001 attack after a man entered an elementary school in Osaka and began stabbing students, reported BBC.