updated 3/23/2008 12:49:36 AM ET 2008-03-23T04:49:36

One person was stabbed to death and at least seven others injured in a knifing spree at a shopping mall in eastern Japan, police said Sunday.

The attack occurred in the city of Tsuchiura, said Kiyoto Ogata, a police spokesman. At least seven shoppers were injured and a 27-year-old man died as he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he said.

Police arrested the alleged attacker, a 24-year-old jobless man who was wanted for the earlier slaying of a 72-year-old man, he said.

The extent of the victims' injuries and the attacker's motive were not immediately known, Ogata said.

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