A man attacked a centre for the disabled with knife in a small town near Tokyo, killed 19 patients and injured 26 people in their sleep. 10 of the injured persons are in serious condition. After World War II’s massacre, Japan hadn’t seen such bloodshed in a single day. The incident happened Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo on Tuesday dawn.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, “”This is a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims,”
Satoshi Uematsu (26) broke windows with ax and entered the centers with knife. The securities didn’t notice him.
Uematsu himself came to police station and said that he killed them because he thinks people with disabilities better be dead. Satosi said, he worked in the centre but was dismissed. He said that he could “obliterate 470 disabled people” in letters which he wrote in February. He said he would murder 260 strictly disabled people at two areas in the facility during a night shift, and would not harm employees.
“My goal is a world in which the severely disabled can be euthanized, with their guardians’ consent, if they are unable to live at home and be active in society,” Uematsu wrote in the letters given to the speaker of the lower house of parliament.
After all this he was forcefully hospitalized on February but got released on March 2 after a doctor considered him improved.
Staff at the facility called police at 2.30 am with reports of a man wearing black T-shirt and trousers armed with a knife on the grounds. A voluntary organization conducts the centre. There were 149 patients of 18 to 75 ages with physical and mental disabilities. The dead were of 19 to 70 ages including 9 males and 10 females.
“This is a peaceful, quiet town so I never thought such an incident would happen here,” said Oshikazu Shimo, one of many residents of the town who gathered near the facility.
Police had rescued a bag with several knives, at least one marked with blood.
Such mass killings are very rare in Japan. Japan has severe gun laws and ownership of firearms by the people is rare.
12 killed in a Tokyo subway attack in 1995. A former caretaker stabbed eight children to death at their school in Osaka in 2001. In 2008 crushed seven persons in a crowded area in Akihabara near Tokyo. Tuesday’s carnage was beyond all records.
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