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Japan knife attack

Published 1711 GMT (0111 HKT) July 26, 2016
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Journalists congregate outside the Tsukui Yamayuri-en center, a care facility for the mentally disabled 25 miles west of Tokyo, where a man with a knife killed 19 and injured 26 people during a rampage early Tuesday, July 26. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Investigators cover the entrance of the Tsukui Yamayuri-en center following the attack. Among the dead were nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
Police officers cordon off the entrance to the Tsukui Yamayuri-en center. The attacker has been identified as 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, a man who had worked at the facility until February. After breaking in through a window and carrying out the attack, Uematsu turned himself into local police, officials said. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Ambulance crews are seen working outside the facility, now the site of one of Japan's deadliest mass killings since World War II. Kyodo News/AP
The facility is home to 149 residents and situated in a bucolic mountain town. About one-third of the residents are elderly.
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Following the attack, rescue personnel fill the facility, which is in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture. More than 200 people work at the care center, but only nine -- one of whom was a security guard -- were on the premises when the incident occurred. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
A convoy of media broadcast vans converges on the scene of the crime, which sent shock waves through Japan, where gun ownership is highly restricted and mass killings are rare. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
Uematsu's motivation is still unknown, but according to The New York Times' Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich, the suspect had taken a letter to the Japanese parliament discussing the possible use of euthanasia for the disabled. Eugene Hoshiko/AP