Police said Sunday that a 9-year-old girl was slashed in the face and neck outside her grandmother's apartment in Higashiyodogawa, Osaka, on Saturday afternoon.
According to police, emergency services were called to the apartment building at 2:10 p.m. after the girl was found lying near the third floor elevators. She was bleeding from her face and neck and taken to hospital where she was treated for multiple superficial knife wounds.
Police said Sunday the girl was conscious and her injuries were not life threatening. No weapon was found at the scene.
According to the girl's mother, she had left home on her bicycle to visit a friend's house, carrying a school bag. She was later found in the apartment block in which her grandmother lives, in a residential area close to her home. Her bicycle and schoolbag were missing. Police are treating it as a case of robbery and attempted murder.
A local man said, "There are lots of kids living around here and I've never heard about anyone suspicious-looking being seen here. I've got elementary and junior high school aged children myself, so this has really unsettled me."© Compiled from news reports