Police arrest one man in attack that left four people injured and the attacker under guard in hospital
Japanese police have arrested a 31-year-old man suspected of attacking two commuters with a knife at a busy train station on Halloween night.
One man sustained head injuries and was in intensive care while the other suffered chest injuries in the attack at Haneda airport station in central Tokyo on Saturday.
A Tokyo police official told reporters that police arrested the man early on Sunday and had not been able to confirm the motive for the attack.
The man had refused to admit to the incident when questioned by police but he had answered certain basic questions, the official said. The suspect was found to have a knife and a homemade mask, which was used to cover his face, but the man had no criminal record.
He admitted to police that he would not have attacked the two men had he known they were going to be present at the railway station.
According to a witness, the attacker approached a man in his 20s outside the station and asked him to make a phone call. When the victim refused, the attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed him once in the head. He then went to the other side of the station, where he approached another man in his 50s.
Another eyewitness said the attacker asked the second man to make a phone call and he refused, and then the attacker asked the man about the value of the phone before grabbing a knife and stabbing him in the chest.
The attacker’s mask was later taken away for analysis, the police official said.