Tokyo strengthens security after urban train attack


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Tokyo strengthens security after urban train attack

TOKYO – The Japanese authorities reinforced this Saturday the deployment of security in the transport network of the capital after the attack with a knife perpetrated the day before on one of its trains, an incident that left nine injured.

The incident took place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, local time, on the Odakyu railway line, near the Seijogakuen station in the Tokyo district of Setagaya, when a man brandished a knife and began to attack other passengers before to drop the gun and flee the scene on the train tracks.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man, was arrested an hour and a half later in a 24-hour store about five kilometers from the scene of the incident, after confessing that he was the author of the attack on the store’s employees.

The alleged perpetrator told the authorities that for years he “felt like killing” when he saw other “apparently happy” people, especially women and regardless of who they were, according to local media, citing police sources.

Nine people were injured, of which the most serious is a woman in her 20s who suffered cuts to various parts of her body.

In the wake of the incident, the Ministry of Transport called on all railway companies operating in the Tokyo metropolitan area to reinforce their security.

The increase in the presence of private security and the police will be concentrated in the busiest stations in the megalopolis and in the areas close to the sports venues that host sporting events for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic event will close this Sunday with a closing ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, while the Paralympic Games will take place between August 24 and September 5.


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