Man dressed as 'The Joker' stabs 17 passengers, sets Tokyo train on fire
In what seemed like a flick from a Hollywood horror movie, a knifeman dressed in the 'Joker' costume has reportedly stabbed at least 17 passengers, including a man in his 60s who has been left in a critical condition, on a Tokyo commuter train.
According to the Japanese media, the assailant also saturated the carriage with a flammable liquid and set it on fire.
This attack took place on Sunday evening as partygoers headed for the city centre for Halloween.
UK Metro reports that the 24-year-old suspect was arrested on the spot and is presently being investigated for attempted murder.
An eyewitness, Shunsuke Kimura, who filmed the clip, said he saw passengers desperately running and while he was trying to figure out what happened, he heard an explosive noise and saw smoke wafting.
He also jumped from a window but fell on the platform and hurt his shoulder.
Adding that ‘Train doors were closed and we had no idea what was happening, and we jumped from the windows. It was horrifying.’
Another eyewitness told the Yomiuri newspaper: ‘I thought it was a Halloween stunt.’
Recalling the moment he saw passengers running in a panic towards his train car, he added: ‘Then, I saw a man walking this way, slowly waving a long knife.’
Local media reported later that the suspect told authorities he ‘wanted to kill people so he could be sentenced to death’.