Several were killed in a street attack in Japan, where gun crime is rare

At least three people, including two policemen, were killed in a street rampage in the central Japanese city of Nagano on Thursday, the perpetrator barricaded himself in a nearby building, NHK state television reported.

According to eyewitness reports, the perpetrator, dressed in field-patterned clothing, wearing a mask, hat and sunglasses, first attacked a woman, stabbed her with a knife, and then opened fire with a hunting rifle on the two policemen who were alerted to the scene.

The wounded were immediately taken to the hospital, but later all three died of their wounds. The Japanese news agency Kyodo also reported on a fourth person injured.

Ambulances and police officers equipped with bulletproof vests and deployment shields arrived at the scene. The Nagano city government called on residents in the vicinity not to leave their homes under any circumstances, and students at nearby schools were asked to stay inside the school walls as long as there is danger.

Details about the perpetrator and the reason for the rampage are still unknown. Armed crime is rare in Japan, because the possession of weapons is bound by strict rules, and obtaining a license is preceded by a long and detailed procedure.

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