A group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in the Japanese city of Kawasaki near Tokyo have been attacked by a man wielding a knife. The incident took place just before 08:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday) near a local park and a train station.
The driver of the Caritas bus told NHK that he saw a man approach the queue of students who
were waiting to board their bus to the nearby Caritas elementary school, a private Catholic school.
At least 18 people were injured in a residential area. Two of them, an 11-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man, have died.
A suspect, a man in his 50s, stabbed himself in the neck after his rampage and later died in hospital.
Violent crime is rare in Japan and the motive for the attack is unknown.
The suspect was holding knives in both hands as he attacked the victims – 16 of whom were schoolgirls.
Police later named the victims of the fatal attack as Hanako Kuribayashi, who was in the sixth grade, and foreign ministry official Satoshi Oyama, who is believed to be the parent of another child.
The suspect has not been named.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the attack, saying he felt “strong anger” against it.
“It is a very harrowing case. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims and hope the injured recover quickly,” Mr Abe said.