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Over 10 hurt on fire-hit train in Tokyo

Firefighters gather at Kokuryo Station in Chofu, western Tokyo, on Oct. 31, 2021, after a fire broke out on a Keio Line train. Authorities arrested a man who was carrying a knife in connection with the incident, which took place on a 10-car train bound for Shinjuku in central Tokyo and left at least 15 injured, one seriously. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo

TOKYO — A man brandishing a knife on a Tokyo commuter train on Sunday stabbed several passengers before starting a fire, police said.

NHK public television said at least 10-15 passengers were injured, including one seriously, a man in his 60s.

The attacker, only identified as a man in his 20s, was arrested on the spot and was being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder, NHK said. His motive was not immediately known.

Tokyo police officials said the attack happened inside the Keio train near the Kokuryo station.

Television footage showed a number of firefighters, police officials and paramedics rescuing the passengers, many of whom escaped through train windows. In one video, passengers were running from another car, where flames were gushing.

NHK said the suspect, after stabbing passengers, poured a liquid resembling oil and set fire.

Shunsuke Kimura, who filmed the video, told NHK that he saw passengers desperately running and while he was trying to figure out what happened, he heard an explosive noise and saw smoke wafting.

The attack was the second involving a knife on a Tokyo train in two months.

In August, the day before the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony, a 36-year-old man stabbed 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo in a random burst of violence. The suspect later told police that he wanted to attack women who looked happy.

While violent crime is rare in Japan, there has been a spate of violent knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.

Japan -- a country considered one of the safest in the world -- strictly regulates weapons. It's illegal for people to carry a pocket knife, craft knife, hunting knife or box cutter in public, according to the US State Department.

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