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In Japan, a man stabbed a woman and then shot two policemen: all three died

Police at the scene of the attack, Nakano, Japan, May 25, 2023 (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

In Nakano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, a man stabbed a woman and then shot two policemen, killing all three. according to mentioned By the Japanese news agency kyudoPolice received a call at around 4.25pm ‚Äč‚Äčlocal time from a witness who witnessed a man chasing and stabbing a woman. When the police arrived, the attacker fired a rifle shot, killing two officers, and then locked himself in a house. According to eyewitnesses, he was wearing camouflage clothing, a hat, sunglasses and a mask. The house in which he was barricaded belonged to a local politician and, according to preliminary information, the attacker would be his eldest son: after several hours he was arrested.

Japan has very few weapons in circulation, due to a very strict law regulating their possession, as well as a series of cultural factors that make weapons taboo in Japanese society (both for civilians and for regime forces). The most recent violent incident occurred on July 8, 2022 when former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice in the back in an attack while giving a public speech in Nara near Kyoto: he was airlifted to hospital and died a few hours later. .

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