Sarphiray shaksh nay 19 disabled logon ki li jaan

 japan At least 19 people have been hacked to death and another 26 seriously injured by a knife-wielding man at a disabled care centre in Japan in what has been deemed the country’s worst mass murder since World War II.

Satoshi Uematsu, 26, has been arrested after he went into the Tsukui Yamayuri En centre in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, brandishing a knife at around 2.30am local time.

Police were called to the scene after residents saw a man with blonde hair armed with a blade in black clothes in the centre’s grounds.

Uematsu, who is a former employee at the care centre, walked into a police station 30 minutes after the gruesome attack and said ‘I did it’.

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect told police: ‘I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.’

Broadcaster NTV reported that the arrested man presented a letter to the speaker of the lower house of Japan’s parliament in February calling for euthanasia of disabled people.

‘My goal is a world in which, in cases where it is difficult for the severely disabled to live at home and be socially active, they can be euthanized with the consent of their guardians,’ it quoted the letter as saying.

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Forensic police examine the bloody scene at the Tsukui Yamayuri En disabled care centre in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, where at least 19 people were hacked to death by a man brandishing a knife

Forensic police examine the bloody scene at the Tsukui Yamayuri En disabled care centre in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, where at least 19 people were hacked to death by a man brandishing a knife

At least 19 people were killed and reports that at least 26 were injured as officers arrest a man who said ‘I did it’

At least 19 people were killed and reports that at least 26 were injured as officers arrest a man who said ‘I did it’

Reporters gathered outside the home of 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu who police have arrested over the gruesome attack

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Reporters gathered outside the home of 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu who police have arrested over the gruesome attack

The 26-year-old had ‘a number of sharp weapons in his bag, a number of them bloodstained’ when he turned himself in, according to local media.

Officers, who arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder and trespass, said he had worked at the centre until February when he was sacked.

He broke into the centre, which was manned by eight members of staff at the time, by smashing a window with a hammer.

Officials say at least 19 people were killed in the frenzy attack, while another 26 were left seriously injured and taken to six different hospitals to be treated.

The death toll could make this the worst mass killing in Japan in the post-World War II era.

Police said they were still investigating possible motives. The suspect was quoted by police as saying: ‘I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.’ Other reports said he had held a grudge after being fired from his job at the facility.

Government officials have ruled out any link to Islamic extremism as a motive.

‘This is a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims,’ Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

Armed police encircled the local government supported centre, which offers support to 150 people with a wide range of disabilities aged between 19-75.

The centre provides rehabilitation activities, accommodation and a medical clinic.

 

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