2 killed, 2 injured in knife attack in Tokyo

2 killed, 2 injured in knife attack in Tokyo

A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud.

The 58-year-old Nagako was later pronounced dead with a "deep" stab wound to her chest along with a laceration to the back of her neck. Media reports said he was her younger brother.

The suspect is thought to have first killed his sister, the chief priestess at the shrine, said Kyodo news agency citing police.

Nagako Tomioka's driver, 33, was also seriously injured in the attack.

Shigenaga's partner, meanwhile, chased down his sister's driver, who had tried to escape on foot, and attacked him about 100 meters away.

Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in Tokyo, was attacked by Shigenaga Tomoika, 56, as she got out of a auto on Thursday evening.

At around 8:30 p.m., the police received an emergency call saying there was a person holding an edged weapon and they found a samurai sword and two survival knives near the attack site. The driver's injuries were not life-threatening.

The two attackers then moved to the shrine premises, where the Shigenaga Tomioka stabbed his accomplice in the chest and stomach and then stabbed himself in the left side of the chest multiple times.

The attacker was the chief priest of the shrine more than a decade ago, but was demoted from the post and succeeded by his sister. It is known as the birthplace of sumo.

The four victims were believed to be associated with the shrine.