Victims of knife attack on schoolgirls in Japan identified

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The two victims of a knife-wielding man’s attack on schoolgirls in Japan were identified as an 11-year-old girl and a Foreign Ministry official who was accompanying his daughter to a bus stop, officials said Tuesday.

Clutching two knives, the 51-year-old attacker went on a rampage while a group of girls between the ages of 6 and 12 were waiting at a bus stop about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday near Noborito Park in the city of Kawasaki outside Tokyo.

The man, who wounded at least 17 others, fatally stabbed himself in the neck while fleeing and collapsed in a pool of blood, officials said. He has not been identified and his motives were not known.

Local media said the attacker, who was a resident of the city, was carrying two more knives in his knapsack.

Hanako Kuribayashi, a sixth-grader at the private Catholic school Caritas Gakuen, and Satoshi Oyama, 39, were killed in the bloodbath, authorities said.

School director Tetsuro Saito told reporters that “my heart is broken with pain when I think of the innocent children and their parents who send their children to our school with love who were victimized by this savage act. I’m struggling to fight back my anger.”

Principal Sadako Naito remembered Hanako, the girl who was killed.

“I can’t believe it,” she said, choking with emotion, according to The Washington Post. “I thought I would hear her cheerful voice again.”

With Post Wires

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