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19 people stabbed to death at Japanese care home

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ock and horror after Japan's bloodiest attack in decades. Officials say suspect Satoshi Uematsu killed 19 people in their sleep, and wounded dozens more in a stabbing spree on Tuesday. All of them residents at a center for the disabled outside Tokyo. Uematsu turned himself in after the massacre.
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Elaine Leighs is at the site of the attack.>> The suspect, apparently used to work at the facility, he's a young man, he's still in his 20s, he's local. Locals here say he lived just down the street from the facility, within about a 10-minute walk. There's reports now that he may have visited houses of parliament with a letter saying that disabled people should be euthanized if they had trouble living at home.
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So these things are just going to come out at this point.>> Residents of the small town of Sagami Haraf say the last murder here was ten years ago. Mass killings are rare in Japan, where guns are illegal, and there's certainly never been an attack of this level in the post-war era.
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>> It's such a shock in Japan, which is a country that doesn't have crime, it's such a shock for this kind of thing to happen. Maybe one of the worst murders ever in history here. These people were sleeping, and many of them were disabled, and so as people have said to me, they were absolutely unable to defend themselves.
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These people 100% innocent, and that's why the scale of the deaths is so large. Police say they recovered a bag with several knifes at the crime scene, one of them stained with blood. According to officials, Uematsu was committed to hospital in February at a fear he would harm other people.
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Local media say he told police, quote, I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.