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Children stabbed in station rampage

An unemployed man has stabbed and attacked school children and other passengers on two buses outside a Japanese train station in a rampage that injured 14.

Police arrested Yuta Saito, 27, on charges of attempted murder after he was subdued by members of the public outside Toride Station in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 25 miles north-east of Tokyo, said local police spokesman Masaru Morita.

"I wanted to end my life. It is true that I wounded people at random with a kitchen knife," Saito told police, Kyodo News Agency reported.

Six people were stabbed and eight others had bruises and other injuries from punches or trying to escape, said Toride police official Mitsuyuki Ohura.

Twelve of the injured were junior high and high school pupils, Ohura said. Officials did not say how many children had been stabbed.

One of the injured has wounds that will require several weeks of treatment in hospital, said fire department spokesman Shireka Iyoka.

Television images showed pools of blood on the bus floor and a large area outside the train station cordoned off by police. The attack occurred as children were making their way to school.

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