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Monday, 09 June 2008

A Japanese man went on a midday stabbing rampage in Tokyo's premier electronics and video game district today, killing four people and injuring 14 others.

The attack in the Akihabara district, known as Electric Town and wildly popular with Japan's cyber-wise youth, paralysed the area.

A fleet of ambulances raced to the area and local TV showed paramedics treating the injured on the street.

Police arrrested 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato, 25, on the spot.

Kato told NHK that he was "tired of life," according to NHK. Jiro Akagi, a police spokesman, confirmed Kato's arrest and identity, but declined to give further details.

Before going on the rampage, the attacker drove a two-ton truck into a crowd of pedestrians, NHK said.

"He ran over three people," a middle-aged man told NHK.

Another man in his 40s said: "It is shocking. I came here often. This is unbelievable."

Reports said the attacker grunted and roared as he slashed and stabbed at his victims on a street crowded with shoppers.

Toshiyuki Miyake, a spokesman for the Tokyo Fire Department, said earlier that five of the victims had gone into cardiac arrest.

Stabbing attacks have become more frequent in Japan in recent years as violent crime has increased. In one of the worst attacks, a man with a history of mental illness burst into an elementary school in Japan in 2001 and killed eight children. The killer was executed in 2004.
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