19 disabled stabbed to death, more than 20 injured in Japan


japan knife attackAs many as 19 people were stabbed to death and injured more than 20 at a facility for the disabled, according to the Japanese media on July 26.

In the worst attack in the postwar era in Japan, a man with a knife, who quit from the facility  in February, went on a rampage. The injured persons have been ferried to nearby hospitals for treatment, stated NHK, the public broadcaster .

After the incident, the suspect, identified as Satoshi Uematsu, 26, approached the police to surrender himself and was immediately arrested. “I did it,” he told the police. “It’s better that disabled people disappear,” the police quoted Uematsu as saying.

According to Uematsu, he forcibly let himself into the facility and started stabbing residents. A window was broken at the facility and a hammer was found nearby. The police also found a knife in his car.

The stabbing took place in Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility in Sagamihara, 50 km west of Tokyo. The facility is run by a social welfare service organisation called Kanagawa Kyodokai. Some 150 people aged between 18 to 75 years live at the facility.

Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in developed world, and attacks involving weapons of any kind are unusual. But, of late, Japan has seen bursts of violence, both random and well planned.