Man attacks 3 children in stabbing spree in Tokyo

A man who allegedly attacked three elementary school children in broad daylight on a Tokyo street was being held by police on Friday, reports said.

The three children—two aged six and one aged seven—received cuts to their neck and arms during the attack outside Oizumi Daiichi Elementary School in Nerima Ward at around 1:40 p.m., Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said. None of the victims were seriously hurt, the broadcaster said.

The attacker got into a blue car and drove away, witnesses said. School officials took note of the car’s license plate, while a woman driving near the scene followed the car and alerted police.

Police said a 47-year-old man was arrested in Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture, 10 kilometers away, at around 2:20 p.m. NHK said the man was detained after being spotted in his car which matched the description of the blue car in which the attacker fled.

Police said the man had two knives in the car but he has denied attacking the children. He has a record of psychiatric treatment, a police official said.

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