Mass killing at Japanese care centre shocks nation

A man who reportedly said people with disabilities should be "euthanised" went on a rampage in a care home yesterday, killing 19 people and injuring over 20 others in the worst mass killing in Japan's post-war history. Shortly after 2am local time, S
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A man who reportedly said people with disabilities should be "euthanised" went on a rampage in a care home yesterday, killing 19 people and injuring over 20 others in the worst mass killing in Japan's post-war history. Shortly after 2am local time, Satoshi Uematsu broke into the centre for the disabled in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, by smashing a window. The 26-year-old, who lives not far from the centre, had worked there as an administrator until February. Many of the patients at the home are elderly or bedridden. After the stabbing spree, he drove to a police station and turned himself in. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government vowed to probe the case, which has shocked the nation, and his top aide said there were no links to terrorism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2016, with the headline 'Mass killing at Japanese care centre shocks nation'. Print Edition | Subscribe