Three people have been killed in a stabbing and shooting attack in central Japan.
A man in camouflage is said to have stabbed a woman and then used a hunting rifle in the city of Nakano, Nagano prefecture. Two policemen were also killed, and another person wounded.
The alleged attacker has reportedly barricaded himself inside a building.
According to Japanese news agency Kyodo, police received a call about a man who had chased and then stabbed a woman.
The man then allegedly shot police officers who responded to the emergency.
Gun violence remains extremely rare in Japan, despite the killing of ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe in July last year.
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