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Female supermarket employee stabbed in Kyoto, man apprehended

Investigators examine the supermarket where the stabbing took place, in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward on Nov. 16, 2018. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

KYOTO -- A man suspected of stabbing a supermarket employee in this western Japan city on Nov. 16 and then fleeing from the scene has been taken into custody, police said.

An employee of the Takano branch of the Izumiya supermarket in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward phoned emergency services at about 2:05 p.m. on Nov. 16 reporting that a man had stabbed a woman.

Police said a 35-year-old female employee of the supermarket was stabbed six times in the back and once in the neck. She was taken to a hospital, and remained able to talk, police said.

The knife-wielding assailant fled after the attack. Police launched a search and later took the man into custody in the same ward.

(Japanese original by Yuki Ohigashi, Yoko Kunimoto, and Yoko Minami, Kyoto Bureau)

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