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Kobe man held over grandparents, neighbor deaths

Jiji Press KOBE (Jiji Press) — Three elderly people were stabbed to death in Kobe on Sunday and a 26-year-old grandson of two of the victims was soon arrested after being caught holding a knife and a baseball bat.

The suspect’s mother and another woman were injured. The Hyogo prefectural police department is investigating the incident as a murder case.

Following an emergency call for help at around 6:20 a.m., police officers found Tatsuo Nanbu, 83, and his 83-year-old wife, Miyuki, lying bleeding at their house and they were subsequently confirmed dead.

He was stabbed in the neck and chest, while his wife had stab wounds around the back, according to investigative sources. The suspect’s 52-year-old mother, Tomoko Takeshima, fractured her arms.

Yaeko Tsuji, a 79-year-old neighbor, was found dead with a stab wound near the neck. Another woman, 65, was injured but her injuries are not life-threatening, the sources said.

The police discovered the suspect, Kanami Takeshima, at a nearby shrine and arrested him on charges of possessing a knife and a metal baseball bat in violation of the firearms and swords control law. Speech

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