At least 19 people are dead after a man went on a knife-wielding rampage at a facility for disabled adults outside Tokyo Tuesday, making it Japan's worst mass killings in its post-World War Two era.
Authorities in the city of Sagamihara, located about 50 kilometers west of Tokyo, say 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu broke into a first floor window of the facility in the pre-dawn hours and began stabbing people. Uematsu later turned himself into the police and admitted to carrying out the attack. Several knives were found in his car, at least one of them stained with blood. News reports say he was angry about being fired from his job at the facility.
At least 20 others were wounded in the attack.
Mass killings are rare in Japan, which has some of the world's strictest gun-control laws, and typically involve stabbings. Eight children were stabbed to death at their school in the city of Osaka in 2001, while seven people were killed in Tokyo's electronics Akihabara district in 2008 when a man drove a truck into a crowd of shopper and stabbed passers-by.