A disgruntled worker slammed his car into employees at a Mazda factory on Tuesday, killing one and injuring 10, stunning Japan just two years after an autoworker went on a deadly rampage in central Tokyo.
The suspect in Tuesday’s incident, Toshiaki Hikiji, 42, was arrested on attempted murder charges after fleeing in his car from Mazda’s Ujina plant in southwestern Japan, the police said.
Media reports said he was a contract worker let go in April. He bore a grudge against Mazda and went there carrying a knife and intending to kill, they said.
But a Mazda spokesman, Kotaro Minagawa, said Mr. Hikiji had quit in April on his own, citing personal reasons, after working just eight days at the plant.
The rampage revived memories of a 2008 incident in Tokyo involving an angry autoworker, who killed seven when he slammed a truck into a crowd, then stabbed onlookers.
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