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Schoolgirl's throat slashed in northeastern Japan, teenager arrested

Police officers investigate near the site in the northeastern Japan city of Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, on Nov. 12, 2019, where a man slashed an elementary schoolgirl's throat. (Kyodo)

AOMORI, Japan (Kyodo) -- An elementary schoolgirl was slashed in the throat Tuesday in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori, with a teenage boy arrested in connection with the apparently random attack, police said.

The sixth-grade girl was taken to a hospital in the city of Hachinohe and was conscious and able to speak, according to the police.

The arrested boy is a junior high school student. Japanese police do not release the names of arrested minors.

The girl was walking alone when a male stranger attacked her from behind with a knife at around 4:40 p.m., leaving her with a stab wound about 10 centimeters long and 1 cm deep, the police said.

According to the police, the attacker was described as thin with short hair and carried a navy blue backpack as well as another bag.

He walked close to the girl and fled on foot after slashing her, they added.

Staff members at the girl's elementary school were gathering more information and "trying to confirm the other children's safety as quickly as possible," the school's vice principal said.

Hachinohe's local government had warned residents about a suspicious man who was seen Thursday evening following children near the location of the attack, a residential area 2 kilometers from JR Konakano Station.

The police are investigating whether the arrested teenager may have been involved in that case as well.

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