Tokyo police have arrested a knifeman who stabbed several people on a busy express train and sprayed what appeared to be oil on the seats before setting fire to it.
According to local reports, the perpetrator also threw hydrochloric acid before making his escape.
The smoke and flames caused panic among passengers on the 10-car train bound for Shinjuku in central Tokyo, many of whom were on their way to Halloween party.
Several of them escaped through the train’s widows. Train staff led passengers to safety through the tunnels.
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect, believed to be in his 20s, began attacking passengers on a Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the western Tokyo city of Chofu at around 8pm local time.
"I thought it was a Halloween stunt," one witness told the Yomiuri newspaper, recalling the moment he saw panicked passengers running through the carriages
"Then I saw a man walking this way, slowly waving a long knife."
Police said that at least one of the injured, a man apparently in his 60s, was stabbed and is unconscious. Another victim, a female student, is also reported to have been seriously injured.
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The train’s driver slammed on the emergency brakes after the driver heard a commotion from the carriages at around 8:40pm on Sunday, October 31.
Reports say the suspect then reportedly jumped out of the train and fled along the tracks. He later walked into a convenience store and told staff that he was "the suspect in the incident reported by news media" and was tired of running.
According to a BBC report, the 24-year-old suspect later confessed, telling police that he became angry when he saw women who "looked happy" and wanted to kill them.
Nine out of the 10 people injured were taken to hospital while the last victim was allowed to go home after receiving first aid at the scene.
One video uploaded to Twitter and broadcast on NHK showed a steady stream of passengers running away from a train carriage as a small fire appears to flare up behind them.
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