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He disguised himself as a Joker and stabbed 17 people on a Tokyo train: he said he wanted to be sentenced to death

A man injured 17 people, one seriously, while stab several of them on Sunday and set fire inside a train in Such while he was disguised as Joker and then he told the police that he was seeking to murder someone to be sentenced to death.

Kyota Hattori, 24, was arrested after the event, which occurred around 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on a Keio line train bound for Shinjuku station, one of the busiest in the world, in the day of Halloween and national election day.

A septuagenarian man is in critical condition after being stabbed in the chest, while the other 16 victims suffered minor injuries from a knife and smoke inhalation, according to details of the incident published this Monday by local media.

According to eyewitnesses, Hattori got on the train brandishing a knife in one hand and a plastic bottle in the other, and walked through the car without raising suspicions because he was disguised as the Joker or Joker, one of the villains of the Batman franchise. Passengers thought the gun was part of the characterization.

Hattori told investigators that he has admiration for the antagonist from the comic book and movie series, law enforcement sources told the Kyodo news agency. After attacking with the knife, the man moved to another wagon, doused the seats with flammable liquid and set them on fire.

Kyota Hattori, 24, waited for police with a cigarette and offered no resistance. (Photo: Reuters)

Several recordings filmed by witnesses who were on board and that were uploaded to social networks showed scenes of panic while fleeing the smoke and flames, and even an explosion is heard while several people sob or shout: “Run away.”

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The train made a emergency stop at the nearest station and the flames were extinguished a half hour later.

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The evacuation of the passengers had to be carried out at first through the windows, since the doors of the train and the platform were not opened immediately after the vehicle stopped.

The detainee He waited for the police officers sitting down, smoking a cigar while holding the knife in the other hand, and did not resist arrest.

The train made an emergency stop at the nearest station and the flames were extinguished half an hour later.  Photo: EFE
The train made an emergency stop at the nearest station and the flames were extinguished half an hour later. Photo: EFE

In his first statements to the police, Hattori would have referred to an incident that occurred on the Odakyu railway line in the Japanese capital in early August, in which a man injured ten people in another knife attack.

More recently, two men were stabbed at Ueno station in mid-October in an apparent random attack, and two other people were injured after a man sprayed acid on the face of an old acquaintance, also in the capital.

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