19 people have been reported killed in a deadly knife attack. From the initial reports, it appears that, the attacker acted alone. The attack happened at residential care facility for disabled in Sagamihara, about 40 kilometres southwest of Tokyo. The suspect named Satoshi Uematsu has been arrested by police.

The 26 year old attacker, who is a former employee of the care facility told police that “It would be better if disabled people disappeared”.  Police have still not confirmed the motive behind the attack, although it appears to be a work related that led the suspect to commit this extremely heinous crime.

Mass killings are extremely rare in Japan due to extremely strict gun laws. This tragedy is the largest mass killing happened in Japan in last two decades.

(Image credits: KYODO & Japan Times)