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Driver hurt in another taxi robbery in Osaka.

OSAKA, Jan. 9 Kyodo

A 62-year-old driver sustained minor injuries in the early hours Friday in another taxi robbery in Osaka Prefecture, police officials said.

But the police say they believe the attackers in the latest robbery are different from those in previous cases in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures as the crimes were conducted in different ways, they said.

One of two men on a motorcycle got into a cab in a taxi pool in front of a station in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, demanded money from the driver and slashed him on the chin with a knife at around 1:30 a.m., they said.

The driver got out of his taxi but was beaten in the face by the other man. The two men, appearing to be in their 20s, made off on the motorbike with about 10,000 yen from the cab, they said.

On Dec. 29, a 67-year-old taxi driver was found murdered and robbed in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, and a 54-year-old taxi driver was found dead in a parking lot with stab wounds to the neck in neighboring Hyogo Prefecture.

On Jan. 5, a 61-year-old driver suffered severe injuries from being slashed in the neck and robbed of around 25,000 yen in Matsubara, Osaka Prefecture.

On Tuesday, two taxi drivers were slightly injured in assaults in Takatsuki and Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture. A man in his 20s was arrested in each of the cases.
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Date:Jan 12, 2009
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