Batman has inspired many people all over the world. Sadly, the villains from the DC Universe can also rub of on some people. This could be an instance of the former.

The alleged attacker from the Subway Stabbing incident in Japan was seen donning a “Joker” costume. Videos from the chaotic scene shows a suspect casually smoking after stabbing and spraying hydrochloric acid at passengers on a train in Tokyo.

The knife-wielding attacker, set the train on fire after stabbing and spraying hydrochloric acid on passengers, wounding 17 and stabbing 1. This is according to a report from the Japan Times.

Intentions behind the attack are unknown. The stabbings took place at 10-car train bound for Shinjuku Station on Halloween 2021.

“First I thought it was something like a Halloween event. But I rushed away as a man carrying a long knife came in. I was very fortunate not to be injured,” a train passenger told NHK, according to The Guardian.

According to The Guardian, a female passenger said the attacker did not show any emotion. The man reportedly did not resist being taken into custody.

“He held a knife and started spreading liquid. He was committing this act without showing any emotion, just mechanically. I think that brought fear to everyone.”

Passengers can been seen running away from the fire on video. The Tokyo has witness an increase in the number of attacks on trains and station premises lately. They have caused a public transport scare especially among young women. 

Reuters reported in August about a mass stabbing on a Japanese train where the suspect was targeting women who looked happy.

We hope that the people of Tokyo recover from the horrific attacks. “Joker” inspired crimes are not new and it seems like they have also spread to Asian countries.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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