Entrance Exam Takers Injured in Tokyo Knife Attack


Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--Three people, including students set to take unified university entrance examinations, were injured in a knife attack in front of a University of Tokyo campus in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward on Saturday morning.

Police arrested a 17-year-old high school student from the central Japan city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, on the spot for attempted murder.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect, who was wearing a school uniform, said he knifed three passersby. None of the three sustained life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, a second-year student of a private high school, is believed to have chosen the targets of his attack indiscriminately as none of the victims were acquainted with him.

"I wanted to enter University of Tokyo to become a doctor, but I lost my confidence because my academic results deteriorated from about a year ago," the suspect was quoted as saying. "I intended to die after causing an incident."

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