Nagano: Three killed in shooting and stabbing attack central Japanon May 25, 2023 at 1:06 pm

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A man is said to be barricaded inside an office after the alleged attack that killed a woman and two policemen.

Police officers control access to a street after an armed man barricaded himself in the neighbourhood in Nakano, Nagano prefecture, central Japan,Image source, EPA

Three people have been killed in a stabbing and shooting attack in central Japan, local media say.

A man in camouflage is said to have stabbed a woman and then used a hunting rifle in the city of Nakano, Nagano prefecture. Two policemen were also killed, and another person was injured.

The alleged attacker is holed inside a building, Japanese media report.

Gun violence remains extremely rare in Japan, despite the killing of ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July last year.

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and his death profoundly shocked a country where handguns are banned and incidents of political violence are almost unheard of.

In 2014, there were just six incidents of gun deaths in Japan, compared to 33,599 in the US.

People have to undergo a strict exam and mental health tests in order to buy a gun. Even then, only shotguns and air rifles are allowed.

Shinzo Abe stepping up to speak moments before he was shot

Image source, Reuters

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