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Eyewitness accounts of Kawasaki mass stabbing emerge

The Carista Elementary School bus is seen stopped next to the scene of the knife attacks in Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on May 28, 2019. (Mainichi/Shinya Oba)

KAWASAKI -- Eyewitness reports have emerged from a stabbing rampage that took place here during the May 28 morning rush hour. A group of elementary school students waiting at a school bus stop were attacked, leaving two dead including an 11-year-old girl. The suspected perpetrator later died of self-inflicted wounds.

Caritas Elementary School's bus was stopped near the scene. A local who heard an account from the bus driver in the immediate aftermath of the attack quoted him as saying, "As I was stopping at the bus stop I heard children cry out. There were people collapsed on the road. As I tried to make sense of what was going on, I saw a man standing there holding what looked like new sashimi knives in both hands. Then he turned the blades on himself and fell to the ground."

The head of a residents' association here said, "At just before 8 a.m., a woman had collapsed in front of the school bus stop and wasn't moving. Normally around 20 to 30 people line up at the stop. It's frightening; Noborito Elementary School is close by too."

The attack took place around 300 meters away from Noborito Station, an interchange between Odakyu Electric Railway and East Japan Railway lines. Just before 9 a.m. around 20 elementary school students in uniform and their caregivers could be seen wearing fearful expressions and standing in front of the ticket barriers at the station. Parents and guardians were also witnessed seeking information from school staff.

(Japanese original by Shinya Oba, Integrated Digital News Center)

Ambulances and police cars are seen stopped near to the scene in Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on May 28, 2019. (Mainichi/Shinya Oba)

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