19 killed at care cen­tre af­ter knife at­tack

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Nineteen res­i­dents have been killed in a knife at­tack at a care cen­tre for peo­ple with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in the Ja­panese city of Sagamihara.

Such at­tacks are ex­tremely rare in Ja­pan - the in­ci­dent is the worst mass killing in decades.

Po­lice have ar­rested a man who worked at the cen­tre un­til Fe­bru­ary, and who turned him­self into po­lice af­ter the at­tack.

He re­port­edly said he wanted peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to “dis­ap­pear”.

The bru­tal killings have shocked Ja­pan, one of the safest coun­tries in the world.

Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga said it was “a very heart-wrench­ing and shock­ing in­ci­dent in which many in­no­cent peo­ple be­came vic­tims”.

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