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Police officers stand guard at the main gate of Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a facility for the disabled where a number of people were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese man who killed 19 in facility for disabled warned of attack


A suspect has turned himself in after 19 people were killed and at least 26 wounded in a knife attack at a facility for the mentally disabled near Tokyo.

The attack is said to be the worst mass killing in Japan since the end of WWII.

The suspect, Satoshi Uematsu, was a former employee at the facility. He told police "it's better that the disabled disappear."

I dream of a world where the disabled could die in peace.
Satoshi Uematsu's letter

Police said Uematsu broke into Tsukui Yamayuri En (which translates to Tsukui Lily Garden) about 2 a.m. Tuesday, and then went room to room stabbing anyone he could find. He then drove to a police station to admit the crime.

In February, Uematsu wrote a letter the leader of Japan's House of Representatives suggesting he wanted to kill disabled residents at Tsukui, and even hinted at how he would do it.

Japanese man who killed 19 in facility for disabled warned of attack months earlier

Here's the aftermath of the scene.

Uematsu was detained in March because he was deemed a threat to others, USA Today reports. It's not clear why he was released.

About 150 people live at Tsukui, ages ranging from 19 to 75.

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