Japan Sagamihara knife attack: At least 15 dead, reports say

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At least 15 people have been killed in a knife attack at a residential care centre for the disabled in the Japanese city of Sagamihara.

The attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday. Another 45 people were reportedly injured, 18 seriously.  

Local police have arrested a male suspect after he turned himself in.

The man is said to be aged 26, and is a former employee at the the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility, 40km (25 miles) south-west of Tokyo.

He is reported to have told police he wanted disabled people to disappear.

The attacker entered the facility at about 02:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and began stabbing those inside.

Eight staff were on duty at the time at the centre, which houses 149 permanent residents.

Earlier reports from two Japanese news agencies put the number of deaths at 19.

A centre for the disabled in Japan, the scene of a mass stabbingImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe attacker entered the building early on Tuesday
Police officers at the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility for disabled people in Sagamihara, JapanImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionOther residents were seriously injured in the attack

Details are still emerging about the incident, but the death toll makes it the worst mass stabbing in Japan in recent years.

In 2008, a man drove a truck into a packed shopping district at Akihabara in Tokyo, before climbing out and randomly stabbing people. Seven people died.

The attack occurred on the same date that a man with a history of mental illness stabbed eight children to death at an Osaka primary school in 2001.


6 thoughts on “Japan Sagamihara knife attack: At least 15 dead, reports say

  1. AHAHHAHAAHAHHAA! Japs banned all guns, spears, swords, bows, etc and even put down bans on knives depending on length and type… Then this… AHAHAHAHAHA! Just proves how these socialists are damnably wrong!!!

  2. This could be a really good ad for ginsu type knives in late night infomercials.
    I see marketing value here.
    You have to ask yourself.
    Would I like to have a knife that can kill 16 people and not go dull on the first cut…?
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  3. It looks like Japan is in need of some “common-sense knife safety laws.”

    It’s too bad about the victims, but this sort of incident does demonstrate the futility of attempting to legislate a perfectly nonviolent society. If more Japanese people wanted to commit this sort of crime, there would be very little to stop them from doing so.

    With all the examples out there from around the world, it should be clear enough even to a moron that an AR-15 is not necessary or even especially useful for carrying out the massacre of a collection of vulnerable individuals. But such weapons are indispensable when it’s necessary to defend against other people who are armed with that type of weapon, i.e., government pigs and soldiers. This is obviously why there’s such a strong push to disarm Americans of “non-sporting” weapons.

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