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Hospital Shooting Leads to Post Office Hostage Standoff in Japan

Hospital Shooting Leads to Post Office Hostage Standoff in Japan

Hospital Shooting Leads to Post Office Hostage Standoff in Japan

Hospital Shooting Leads to Post Office Hostage Standoff in Japan

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  • Gunman holds one hostage at a Warabi post office near Tokyo.
  • Two captives, one released, the other’s condition unknown.
  • Gunman involved in a hospital shooting nearby.
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Armed police have cordoned off a post office in Warabi, a central Japanese city near Tokyo, where a gunman has taken one person hostage.

At approximately 14:15 local time (05:15 GMT), two individuals, believed to be women in their 20s and 30s, were captured by the assailant.

Subsequently, one of them, believed to be a post office staff member, was released.

The motives behind the gunman’s actions remain unclear. He is suspected to have been involved in a shooting earlier on Tuesday at the nearby Toda Chuo General Hospital, which took place around 13:00 local time.

Two individuals, identified as a doctor and an elderly patient, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Video footage depicting a man armed with a gun standing at the post office entrance, located about 2.5km (1.5 miles) from the hospital, has been circulating.

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Reports from Japanese media, citing unnamed police sources, suggest that the hostage-taker at the post office is the same individual involved in the hospital shooting. He is believed to have fled the hospital on a motorcycle.

Footage also shows a young woman exiting the building and being escorted by the police.

Residents in nearby buildings in the bustling residential area have been advised to stay indoors. Buses were dispatched to a nearby school to transport children back to their homes.

Incidents of gun violence are infrequent in Japan, as the country enforces stringent gun ownership regulations, permitting civilians to possess only hunting rifles and airguns.

These individuals are required to pass rigorous exams and undergo mental health evaluations.

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