19 killed, 45 injured as knife-wielding man goes on rampage at medical facility near Tokyo

Police officers are seen in front of a facility for the disabled where at least 19 people were killed and as many as 20 wounded by a knife-wielding man, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 26, 2016. © Kyodo
A man was arrested after killing 19 people and injuring 45 others in a stabbing rampage at a facility for the disabled in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, local media reported, citing authorities.

Twenty of the injured are in critical condition, the national fire department, which also performs emergency medical care, has said.

A 26-year-old man was arrested by police after the attack, national broadcaster NHK reported. He was said to be holding a knife.

Police are currently looking into the motive behind the attack, which happened in the city of Sagamihara, just west of Tokyo.

Images from the scene showed many ambulances near the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility, which accommodates people with disabilities.

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The attack took place at around 2:30 am local time on Tuesday. The knife-wielding man entered the facility from the outside and began attacking people, according to police.

Later, at around 3 am, a man reportedly turned himself in, saying: “I did it,” according to local media. A report by Daily-News.jp said that he was a former employee of the facility.

One resident told NHK that the man detained had blond hair and was wearing black clothes.

People have taken to Twitter to condemn the attack and express sympathy for the disabled patients whom the attacker cold-bloodedly stabbed.

Many turned to prayer, while expressing shock that a man with a knife could cause so much damage.