Subject disguised as Joker, attacks with knife in Tokyo

Tokyo A 24-year-old man dressed in the Batman Joker costume attacked passengers on a Tokyo train line last night, injuring about 10 people as many people headed downtown to participate in Halloween parties. the media reported.

Police arrested the alleged attacker at the scene, according to the media. A man in his 60s was unconscious and in critical condition after being stabbed, while several witnesses said the attacker spilled liquid across the train and started a fire, the media said.

A video uploaded to Twitter and broadcast by NHK showed a constant stream of people fleeing a train car where, seconds later, a small explosion started a fire. Another video showed passengers running out of the train’s windows onto the platform where the train had made an emergency stop.

“I thought it was something from Halloween,” a witness told the Yomiuri newspaper, recalling the moment when he saw other passengers running in panic towards his car. “Then, I saw a man walking around here, slowly waving a long knife,” which was stained with blood.

The attack occurred on the Keio express line bound for Shinjuku, the world’s busiest train station, around 8 p.m., the media said.

Partial service on the Keio line was suspended.

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