The Japanese police arrested a university student on Thursday, suspected of killing two members of his family with a crossbow and injuring two others in a rare violent crime in the country.
Police in Takarazuka City, near Osaka in western Japan, said they detained the 23-year-old student identified as Hideaki Nozu in a residential area at the site of the incident.
Two women in their forties and seventies were confirmed dead, while two others – also family members – were injured and taken to hospital, a police officer told AFP.
"Details, including his motive, are being investigated," said the official.
The man allegedly confessed and said, "I killed several members of my family."
Local media said the police had been alerted when a woman called and said, "My grandson shot me with an arrow."
The two victims seemed to be his mother and grandmother.
Violent crimes are extremely rare in Japan and weapons are strictly controlled.
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