19 dead, 45 injured in mass-stabbing at Japanese disability center


A reader just sent me this via Twitter. A 26 year old man has surrendered to police after using a knife to kill at least 19 people at a Japanese residential center for people with disabilities.

From DailyMailUK:

A knifeman has killed at least 19 people and injured 45 in Japan, according to local reports.

It is believed the attacker went into a centre for disabled people in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, brandishing a knife.

Police were called to the scene at around 2.30am local time after residents saw a man armed with a knife in the grounds of the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden.

Local media have reported that 19 people have died and 45 were injured – of which four are in a serious condition.

Armed police encircled the centre which offers support to people with disabilities, including proving meals and creative and rehabilitation activities.

and arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murder

Officers arrested a man, 26, on suspicion of murder when he came into a police station and said: ‘I did it’.

He has been reported as being a former member of staff at the centre. The city is home to a large US Army depot called the Sagami Army Depot.

The attack comes after Mayu Tomita, a Japanese pop star, was left in a coma in May when a fan stabber her dozens of times after she allegedly turned down a gift he had sent her.

More details as they become available.

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19 dead, 45 injured in mass-stabbing at Japanese disability center

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