An 8-year-old girl was stabbed in the abdomen by a man as she was walking home from school on Thursday afternoon in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, police said.
The attack happened shortly after 3 p.m., Fuji TV quoted police as saying. The girl had left school with a classmate and was attacked while she was walking along a narrow road beside a river shortly after her friend left her. Police said the girl suffered multiple wounds that required treatment at a hospital.
Police said the girl told her mother that she was attacked by a man dressed in black and wearing a black cap, Fuji TV reported.
The attack is identical to one that occurred two kilometers across the river in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, on Nov 18, when a man slashed a 14-year-old girl on the face while she was walking home.
In that case also, the victim and a girl friend had left school together. About 10 minutes after she and her friend parted, the man grabbed her from behind and cut her chin with a knife before fleeing.© Japan Today