AFP: 19 killed in knife rampage at Japan care home
07:59, 26 July 2016

AFP: 19 killed in knife rampage at Japan care home

Police officers stand guard near the Tsukui Yamayuri En care centre where a knife-wielding man went on a rampage at a care home for the mentally disabled, killing 19, on July 26, 2016

07:59, 26 July 2016

A knife-wielding former employee killed 19 people and injured 25 at a care centre for the mentally disabled in Japan on Tuesday, in the country's worst mass killing in decades.

The 26-year-old man later turned himself in at a police station, admitting to officers: "I did it." He reportedly also said: "The disabled should all disappear."

Authorities identified the attacker as Satoshi Uematsu and said he had worked at the facility in Sagamihara, a city of more than 700,000 people west of Tokyo, until February.

Broadcaster NTV said the man told police he had been fired and held a grudge against the care centre.

The attack began in the early hours of the morning when Uematsu allegedly broke a first-floor window to get into the building. NTV reported that he tied up caregivers before starting to stab the residents.

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