Police in Higashi-Osaka said Friday that a 44-year-old woman attacked a group of elementary school boys walking home from school, injuring some of them.
According to police, the incident occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday. The boys were walking home from Tamagawa Elementary School when the woman suddenly approached the group, NTV reported. The woman slashed a 7-year-old boy with a 17-cm-long blade, leaving him with a 3-cm-long gash on the thumb of his right hand.
After slashing the boy, the woman then violently grabbed the arm of another 7-year-old boy and shook him before letting go and running away.
A police officer quickly arrived at the scene and arranged for an ambulance for the first victim. He then found the woman on a street nearby, knocked the knife out of her hands with his baton, and arrested her for possession of an illegal weapon.
Eyewitnesses told police later that the woman appeared to have been following the children - not running after them, but simply walking towards them with an expressionless look on her face.
NTV quoted police as saying that following her arrest, the suspect was incomprehensible. Police said the woman has been placed in the care of a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.© Japan Today