Duterte ‘outraged’ over Japan mass stabbing


Posted at May 29 2019 10:48 PM

A girl prays to mourn victims as she offers flowers at the site where a stabbing occurred in Kawasaki, Japan, May 29, Wednesday. President Duterte on Wednesday sent his sympathy to Japan following the attack that killed a child and injured 17 others. Issei Kato, Reuters

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday sent his sympathy to Japan following a mass stabbing that killed a child and injured 17 others. 

Duterte, who is in Japan for an international conference, said he was "outraged by this brutal attack against innocent young children."

"I express my profound shock and grief over the mass stabbing incident, which regretfully happened in Kawasaki," the President said in a statement.

"On behalf of the Filipino people, I extend my sincere prayers for the victims and our deepest sympathies to their families who need solace and strength in this difficult time."

The attack occurred Tuesday during a busy, early morning commute as workers headed to their offices and children to school in Kawasaki.

Local media said the attack killed a schoolgirl and that the suspected attacker, who was taken into custody by police, had died after stabbing himself.

The rampage was a rare attack in a country with one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world and there was no immediate detail on the motive of the knifeman. — With Agence France-Presse