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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
In pictures: Japan school massacre
A man wielding a knife has gone on the rampage at an elementary school in a suburb of Osaka, in the first attack of its kind in Japan.

Fire department officials said two children were killed immediately - and six others died later in hospital.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on the school premises.

School viewed from helicopter (APTV screen grab)
The attack came at an Ikeda elementary school, Osaka, about 500 km (310 miles) west of Tokyo

School viewed from helicopter (APTV screen grab)
Blood was clearly visible on the steps leading to the school in footage taken by news helicopters

Children lined up outside the school after knife attack
Six- and seven-year-olds are thought to have born the brunt of the knife attack

Children lined up outside school
Children were taken to safety in an open play area near the school

Parents take children home
Anguished parents quickly arrived at the school; some took their children home straight away

Paramedics attend to a victim of the knife attack (APTN screen grab)
Some of the victims of the attack received emergency medical attention on the scene

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08 Jun 01 | Asia-Pacific
Pupils die in Japan knife massacre
01 Jun 00 | Europe
Timeline: Attacks on children
03 May 01 | Country profiles
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