At least 19 people have been killed, and a further 45 injured, following a knife attack, at a residential care centre, in Japan.
A man has killed at least 19 people and injured a further 45 people, following a knife attack at a residential care centre, local media has reported, citing statements by the authorities.
The attack occurred at the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden in Sagamihara, located in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, west of the capital, Tokyo.
Twenty of those injured are reportedly in a critical condition, according to a statement by the national fire department, which also performs emergency care.
Witnesses reported seeing a man dressed in black clothing wielding a weapon entering the building, prior to the stabbings.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested by police following the attack, national broadcaster NHK has reported. He was said to have been holding a knife when arrested.
Police have said he was a former staff member of the facility, and has confessed to the stabbings.
The suspect had reportedly fled the building earlier, after carrying out the attack, but turned himself in shortly after. His motives for the attack are not currently known.