Kawasaki Attacker Cuts 19 People in Less than 20 Seconds


Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref., May 29 (Jiji Press)--The 51-year-old attacker in Tuesday's stabbing rampage near Tokyo slashed 19 people one after another in just 10 and a few seconds, police sources said Wednesday.

In the incident in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, the attacker, Ryuichi Iwasaki, cut and stabbed the upper part of the body, such as the neck, chest and back, of the 19 victims, including 17 schoolchildren. Of those attacked, two died, including an 11-year-old elementary school sixth-grader.

The prefectural police searched his home in Kawasaki, suspecting that the man had planned the assault with a strong murderous intent, the sources said.

The police will try to identify his motives by analyzing confiscated materials.

The home of Iwasaki, whose occupation is unknown, is about 4 kilometers west of the rampage site. The police will also investigate how the suspect reached the site near a train station.

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