Tokyo — Three people were killed Thursday, including two police officers, in a shooting and stabbing attack in Japan’s central Nagano region, according to public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media outlets.
Earlier police said a masked man carrying a rifle and a knife was holed up in a building in Nagano after attacking at least four people.
Officers had rushed to the scene after a pedestrian reported a commotion in Nakano city in the central Japanese prefecture of Nagano.
A witness told NHK public television that a woman fell while being chased by the suspect, who then stabbed her with a knife and shot at two police officers as they arrived at the scene.
Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital, including the woman, and were later pronounced dead, police said.
Police described the suspect as a man wearing a camouflage outfit, a hat, a mask and sunglasses, Kyodo News agency said. City officials urged those in the area to stay home.
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