A man wielding two knives has attacked 16 people in a terrifying attack near Tokyo that left a young schoolgirl and the suspect dead.
Emergency services were called to the horrific scene just before 8am today to reports multiple people, waiting at a busy bus stop in Kawasaki City in the south of Tokyo, had been stabbed.
Paramedics treated 13 wounded primary school girls with adults making up the rest of the injured.
One school girl has tragically died from her stab wounds. Four other people are seriously injured and in intensive care in hospital.
Witnesses at the scene have told of the man’s terrifying rampage before he turned the knives on himself and plunged the blade into his neck.
Paramedics worked on the 57-year-old suspect at the scene as he lay on unconscious but he was unable to be revived, authorities said.
A witness told reporters the suspect screamed, “I will kill you!” before attacking the children.
The school bus driver that pulled up to the stop as the stabbing began told police he saw the man with a knife in each hand when he began slashing and stabbing people.
“A man holds a knife in both hands and walks in the direction of the bus and stabs primary school children one after another,” the driver said, according to NHK.
A bus at the scene belongs to Caritas Gakuen elementary school, a private school less than 2kms away that was at the stop ready to transport the waiting children.
Caritas School told NHK it had received “information” people injured in the mass stabbing were children from their school.
A man living near the park told the broadcaster he saw school bags scattered everywhere.
“There is a nearby elementary school bus stop and elementary schoolchildren are down and school bags are also scattered,” the neighbour said, in a translated quote.
“A man was down on the bus stop of the city bus about 20m away from the elementary school bus stop with blood. Usually, it is a peaceful place and it is scary it happened.”
Authorities say the knife-wielding man started attacking people at random as commuters lined up for a bus.
Forensic police have seized two knives at the scene and the man, in his 50s, has been arrested.
National broadcaster NHK is reporting two children and an adult are unconscious after the suspected stabbing at Noborito First Park, near Noborito Station.
Emergency services said the three people are in cardiac arrest and a fourth person is in a serious condition.
“It seems a lot of the injured are elementary schoolchildren,” an emergency staff member told the broadcaster.
Kawasaki Tama Hospital is less than a kilometre down the road.
Emergency services were first called to the scene just before 8am local time to reports a number of children had been stabbed.
More to come.