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19 Dead in Knife Attack in Japan; Suspect Confesses


Police officers stand guard at a crossroad near the Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a facility for the handicapped, where a number of people were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, Japan, July 26, 2016.

Officials in Japan now say 19 people were killed in a knife attack Tuesday at a center for disabled people in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo. Dozens more were injured.

Japan's national broadcaster NHK says police arrested a knife-wielding man after he turned himself in. NHK described the 26-year-old suspect as a former employee at the facility.

Other Japanese media said staff members at the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility called police at 2:30 a.m. local time Tuesday with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds.

The motive for the attack is still not clear. However, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that police quoted the suspect as saying, "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

Sagamihara, Japan
Sagamihara, Japan