TOKYO — At least 15 people have been stabbed to death at a facility for people with disabilities outside Tokyo, Japanese media reported early Tuesday, describing the kind of mass-casualty attack that is extremely rare in Japan.
A knife-wielding man apparently went on a rampage at the facility in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo. Citing police, the Kyodo news agency said 19 people were dead, while public broadcaster NHK said 15 were killed.
As many as several dozen people were injured, the reports said.
A man in his 20s has been arrested, NHK reported, but there were few details about him or what prompted his bloody assault.
The man was reportedly a former employee and turned himself in to the Sagamihara police station.
“I did it,” the man told police when charged with murder, NHK reported.
The attack was among the worst single-perpetrator mass murder in modern Japanese history.
There was no immediate information about the motive for the attack, although the suspect told the police that he wanted the disabled people “to disappear,” the Asahi newspaper reported.
Among the injured, at least 13 people were in critical condition and were taken to hospitals in Kanagawa prefecture and in Tokyo, the media reports said. NHK broadcast footage of ambulances lined up outside the facility.
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