Man slashes schoolgirl's throat in northeastern Japan

Kyodo News

Posted at Nov 12 2019 10:32 PM

A man slashed an elementary schoolgirl's throat Tuesday in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori in an apparently random attack, police said.

The sixth grader was taken to hospital in the city of Hachinohe and was conscious and able to speak, according to the police and the local fire department.

The girl was walking alone when a male stranger attacked her from behind with a knife around 4:40 p.m., inflicting a cut that was around 10 centimeters long and 1 cm deep, the police said.

The man, described as thin with short hair, had a navy blue backpack and held another bag, according to the police.

The girl's elementary school was gathering more information and "trying to confirm the other children's safety as quickly as possible," the school's vice principal said.

Hachinohe's local government had warned residents about a suspicious man who was seen Thursday evening following children near the location of the attack, a residential area 2 kilometers from JR Konakano Station.