Japan: Knife and arson attack on major train line injures 10, suspect arrested

A man has been left in critical condition after a knife and arson attack at a major train line in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

At least 10 others were also injured in the incident, which happened at around 20:00 at Kokuryo station, in the city’s western suburbs.

The suspected attacker, a man in his 20s, was arrested at the scene.

State broadcaster television footage showed people running from a train as smoke and flames filled the carriage.

Investigators said the suspect also scattered what appeared to be oil and set it on fire. They said the blaze burned some of the seats.

The railway operator said the conductor of the special express train informed officials that a man on the train was wielding a knife.

The train then made an emergency stop to evacuate passengers.

Despite Japan being one of the safest countries in the world, there have been a number of knife attacks in recent years.

Two separate incidents took place in August at Tokyo train stations, leaving several people injured.

In 2019, a man also attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in Kawasaki. Two people were killed and at least 18 were injured.