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Knife-wielding man kills 19 in Japan

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A knifeman has killed at least 19 people and injured 45 in Japan, according to local reports.

The attacker went into a centre for disabled people in Sagamihara, outside of Tokyo, brandishing a knife.

Police were called to the scene at around 2.30am local time after residents saw a man armed with a knife in the grounds of the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden.

Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying “I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.”

National state broadcaster NHK reported that 19 people have died and 45 were injured – of which four are in a serious condition.

Armed police encircled the centre which offers support to people with disabilities, including providing creative and rehabilitation activities.

NHK said the suspect, 26, is a former employee at the facility, Tsukui Yamayuri-en. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Television footage showed a number of ambulances parked outside the facility, with medics and other rescue workers running in and out.

Kyodo News agency initially reported that 19 people were killed and 20 injured, but later said at least 15 people were dead and 28 injured.

Police did not immediately release an official death toll, but it is the worst mass stabbing in Japan in recent years.