Two killed after man attacks a group of schoolchildren with knives in Japan

Police officer guards at the scene where a man wielding a knife attacked commuters Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Kawasaki, near Tokyo Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

A knife-wielding man has attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in the Japanese city of Kawasaki near Tokyo on Tuesday 28th May.

At least 18 people were injured in the residential area. Two of them, an 11-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man, died.

The suspect, a man in his 50s, stabbed himself in the neck after his rampage and later died in hospital.

Violent crime is rare in Japan and the motive for the attack is unknown.

The suspect was holding knives in both hands as he attacked the victims – 16 of whom were schoolgirls.

The incident took place just before 08:00 local time and is believed to have been over in less than a minute.