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Tokyo: Man dressed as joker, stabs at least 10, sets train on fire

According to the media, a guy in his 60s was unconscious and severe after being stabbed. Witnesses reported the perpetrator had thrown fluid around the train and caused a fire.

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Tokyo, First Published Oct 31, 2021, 8:55 PM IST
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A 24-year-old man dressed as Batman's Joker assaulted commuters on a Tokyo train line on Sunday evening, injuring roughly ten people as many partygoers travelled into the city centre for Halloween celebrations, as per various media reports. According to media reports, the accused assailant was apprehended on the spot by police. According to the media, a guy in his 60s was unconscious and severe after being stabbed. Witnesses reported the perpetrator had thrown fluid around the train and caused a fire.

A video posted on Twitter and broadcast on NHK showed a steady stream of people fleeing a train car where a small explosion caused a fire seconds later. Another video showed passengers scrambling out of the train's windows and onto the platform where the train had come to an emergency stop. "I believed it was a Halloween stunt," one witness told the Yomiuri newspaper, describing seeing other passengers fleeing in fear into his train car. "Then I noticed a guy strolling along this street, gently wielding a large knife." He stated that the knife was stained with blood.

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According to reports, the incident occurred at 8 pm on the Keio express line going for Shinjuku, the world's busiest rail station (1100 GMT). When Japanese voters went to the polls in a lower house election on Sunday, partial service on the Keio line remained stopped. Hundreds of firefighters, police officers and emergency vehicles could be seen on television outside the station, where the train had come to a halt.

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