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Japan: Deadly Knife Attack at Facility for Disabled Kills 19

  • Veronica Neffinger

    Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the…

  • 2016 Jul 26

At least 19 people have been killed and 26 injured in a deadly knife attack at a facility for the disabled outside of Tokyo, Japan.

According to, the attack is one of Japan’s deadliest mass killings since World Warr II.

The suspect in the attack, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, worked at the facility for the disabled until last February. He is thought to be mentally unstable. 

Uematsu reportedly broke into the facility around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and began his stabbing spree which killed nine men and 10 women. 

The motivation for the attack is unknown, but Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that it was not an act of terrorism and had no connections to ISIS or other jihadist groups.

The 26 injured individuals have been hospitalized. Thirteen are “severely” injured, ten sustained moderate injuries, and three suffered minor injuries.

Mass killings are rare in Japan and gun ownership is highly regulated. The incident has shocked the country and the small town where it took place.

Publication date: July 26, 2016