Gunman Arrested and Remaining Hostage Freed in Japan

Police surrounded the post office in Warabi

A gunman who had barricaded himself in a post office in the city of Warabi, Japan, with hostages has been arrested, according to local media reports. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon local time. Two women were initially taken captive by the gunman, but one was later released. The second hostage was freed after police rushed in and detained the suspect. Both women are reported to be unharmed.

The motive behind the attack remains unclear. The gunman, believed to be in his 80s, is also suspected to have been involved in a shooting earlier in the day at the nearby Toda Chuo General Hospital. In that incident, a doctor and an elderly patient were wounded, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening. The hostage-taker in the post office is reported to be the same suspect from the hospital shooting. He allegedly fled the hospital on a motorcycle.

During the standoff, individuals in the surrounding buildings of the residential neighborhood were instructed to stay indoors. Buses were dispatched to a nearby school to safely transport the children back to their homes.

Shootings are rare in Japan due to the country’s strict gun ownership regulations, which only permit civilians to own hunting rifles and airguns. Ownership requires passing a rigorous examination and mental health tests.

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