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Man Stabs 14 at Crowded Train Station

July 6, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ A man with a knife who said he had received a divine message stabbed and slashed at least 14 people at a crowded train station in southern Japan today.

At least two people were in critical condition, police official Yuichi Yamato said.

The 21-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested at Kokura Station in the southernmost main island of Kyushu on charges of attempted murder.

Among the injured was the suspect’s father, station employees and police said.

Station workers interviewed on NHK TV said the attack set off a panic at the station, which was packed at midday with weekend travelers.

While police chased the man, station employees herded as many passengers as they could into their offices to keep them safe.

After his arrest, the man told police he had received a divine message. It was not clear to which religion or cult he was referring.

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