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At least 19 people are dead and 25 injured after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in Japan, the country's national broadcaster NHK reported.
Police arrested Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year old former employee at the facility, Japanese media said.
Media reports said the man, wearing a black T-shirt, did not have a knife when he turned himself in at a nearby police station.
Local newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying: "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."
At least 15 people were confirmed dead, while four were in cardiac arrest.
The wounded were taken to at least six hospitals in the western Tokyo area.