A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl is being held in police custody after she admitted murdering her classmate and dismembering her body.
The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested on Sunday after the body of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo was discovered in the city of Sasebo, in Japan’s southwestern Nagasaki Prefecture.
The suspect told police she hit her classmate over the head with a metal object before strangling her.
According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, she also admitted cutting off the victim’s head and left hand.
She said she had acted alone.
Police found the body on a bed in the suspect’s apartment.
The tools used in the killing were discovered nearby.
The victim, who graduated from the same junior high school as the suspect, had reportedly gone to meet friends on Saturday afternoon.
Her parents called police when she failed to return home that evening.
The killing comes 10 years after Sasebo was rocked by the murder of a primary school girl, who was stabbed to death by a classmate.