Nineteen people have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in Japan, BBC say.


The attack in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, happened in the early hours of Tuesday. Another 26 people were injured, 20 seriously.


It is the worst mass killing in Japan since the end of World War Two.


Police arrested a man who allegedly admitted to the killings at a nearby police station shortly afterwards.


The 26-year-old former employee of the care facility, named in local media as Satoshi Uematsu, is reported to have told police he wanted disabled people to disappear.


The Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility, where the attack happened, is a care centre set in extensive grounds with separate living quarters for men and women. It had about 160 residents at the time of the attack, according to local officials.


Reports say the attacker entered the facility at about 02:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and began stabbing people inside. Eight staff members were on duty at the time at the centre.




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