According to CNN, a 24-year-old man was detained on charges of attempted murder in Tokyo after a knife attack on a train injured at least 17 people Sunday evening, as many people flocked to the city center to celebrate Halloween.
According to witnesses, the suspect was dressed in a costume that resembled the Joker from the Batman film franchise.
According to authorities, at least one passenger, a guy in his 70s, is in severe condition after being stabbed in the chest.
Cell phone footage showed chaotic scenes from inside the train as the attack unfolded on the Keio line. In the video, passengers can be seen running through a train carriage to get away from the attacker. Loud bangs and screaming can be heard. A ball of flames then erupts, filling the carriage with smoke.
Passengers can then be seen jumping out of the train’s windows to escape and running along a station platform away from the train, which had made an emergency stop.
According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, the suspect was arrested after brandishing a knife and starting a fire on a moving train around 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) near Kokuryo Station in Chofu City, in Tokyo’s western suburbs. The train was bound for the busy Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo.
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