Two police officers on patrol in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, were stabbed early Monday morning by a man who then fled and remains at large.
According to police, the two officers, aged 49 and 42, were patrolling a street in Haiki-1-chome at about 3:30 a.m. when they spotted a man walking suspiciously. The officers told investigators that when they stopped the man and asked him his name and profession, he pulled out a knife or a bladed tool and slashed them. One officer received cuts to his right chest and right knee, while the other patrolman suffered stab wounds to his belly.
Police said later Monday that both men are in a stable condition.
According to police, the officers were in an unmarked patrol car and dressed in civilian clothes.
The assailant is described as being in his early 30s, about 170 cm tall and was wearing a beige top and pants.© News reports