Man knifes 5 at Japan train station

FUKUOKA - A man armed with a kitchen knife attacked six people randomly and injured five of them at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka at about 1:25 a.m. Saturday, police said.

"I just wanted to slash anybody," said the man, who identified himself as Kimitaka Nakano, 26, unemployed, of Hakata Ward, after he was arrested at the scene, according to the police.

Nakano allegedly slashed six men, aged between 20 and 40.

Five of them were rushed to nearby hospitals. A 20-year-old vocational school student sustained a severe cut on his back, while the four others sustained light injuries on their arms and abdomens.

Nakano was arrested on suspicion of assault and violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law. Questioning whether he was truly a random slasher, police are interrogating Nakano to find a motive behind the slashings and other details.

According to the police and witnesses, Nakano suddenly stabbed the male student in the back when he passed a group of seven vocational school students near the Hakata-guchi exit at the west side of the station. They were visiting Hakata on a graduation trip from Hiroshima.

Then Nakano entered the station and slashed a 36-year-old company employee from Hakata Ward and another 36-year-old company employee from Kagoshima on their arms and abdomens, police said.

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