A KNIFEMAN slaughtered as many as three people and injured 19 others – including 13 kids – in a mass stabbing attack in Japan today.
The deadly rampage at a park in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, took place during Donald Trump’s visit to the capital.
A knifeman has been arrested after going on a stabbing rampage in Japan today[/caption]
One child and two adults are believed to have been killed[/caption]
The attacker, who was wielding two knives, targeted commuters waiting at a bus stop during Tuesday morning’s rush hour.
Cops said the wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals, but one child and two adults were believed to have died, according to AP.
The knifeman was arrested after stabbing himself in the shoulder, according to local news site NHK.
NHK national television, citing officials, said the attacker is believed to be aged his 40s to 50s.
The mass stabbing took place at around 7.45am (local time) at Noto Park 1 in the city of Kawasaki, around 20km from the capital Tokyo.
Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Tokyo on Saturday ahead of a largely ceremonial visit to recognise Japan’s new emperor.
The US President’s visit included an imperial banquet, a sumo wrestling tournament and golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump spent his last night in Tokyo at a banquet on Monday. He is due to make two stops in Japan today to visit US troops before flying back to Washington.
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Violent crime is rare in Japan but there have periodically been high-profile incidents that have shocked the nation.
A stabbing spree on a school bus and a commuter bus in a Tokyo suburb in 2010 injured more than a dozen people.
Two years earlier, a 28-year-old man drove a truck into a crowded pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, killing three people, and then fatally stabbed four more.