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Man kills 3 in Japan knife attack

A man wielding two knives has attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in a Japanese city near Tokyo.

At least eighteen people were injured on a residential street in Kawasaki. Two of them, a twelve-year-old girl and a thirty-nine-year-old man, are dead.

A suspect, a man in his fifties, stabbed himself in the neck after his rampage and later died in hospital.

Violent crime is rare in Japan and the motive for the attack is unknown.

The suspect was holding knives in both hands as he attacked the victims – sixteen of whom were schoolgirls.

Local media say the thirty-nine-year-old victim is believed to be the parent of one of the children.

Condemning the attack, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he felt “strong anger” against it.

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