Japanese woman killed, another injured in stabbing in Turkey
ISTANBUL (Kyodo) -- One Japanese woman was killed and another was in critical condition after they were stabbed in a knife attack near Zemi Valley in Cappadocia in central Turkey on Monday, the Japanese Embassy in Turkey said.
Mai Kurihara, 22, died, while the other woman, also 22, is unconscious and being treated in intensive care at a hospital, according to the embassy. They had been taking a walk together when they were attacked.
A vehicle was seen fleeing from near the scene, according to a reporter for a Turkish newspaper.
Local security officials said they had obtained the vehicle's license plate number and were searching for the assailant or assailants.
"I can't believe what happened," said Mitsuhiro Kurihara, the father of the deceased. He said he had received a call from the embassy saying his daughter may have been involved in an accident in Turkey.
The two seniors of Niigata University in central Japan left for Turkey last Friday and were scheduled to return home on Sept. 19, according to the father of the woman in critical condition who was reportedly stabbed multiple times.
They had traveled to South Korea together in the past.
"We have sent embassy personnel to the site while trying to gather more information," Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.
Asked if Tokyo's win over Istanbul in the final round of Saturday's International Olympic Committee vote on the 2020 Summer Olympic host city may be one cause of the incident, Suga said, "I don't think so. Local police are investigating the cause."
The women were found lying on the ground at around 1:45 p.m. local time by a group of tourists.
Cappadocia, a World Heritage site, draws tourists to its landscape of rock formations that resemble mushrooms and chimneys.
September 10, 2013(Mainichi Japan)