The Knife Attack in Japan

Dozens of people were killed and injured in an assault early Monday outside the country’s capital.

The attack occurred in a city outside Tokyo, Japan's capital (Toru Hanai / Reuters)

Updated on July 25 at 10:42 p.m. EST

NEWS BRIEF A knife attack outside Tokyo has left at least 19 people dead and 20 wounded, according to the Associated Press. Other reported estimates of the number of wounded are as high as 25, according to Japanese media.

The attack occurred early Monday at Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a facility for disabled individuals in the city of Sagamihara, located about 30 kilometers, or 20 miles, southwest of the Japanese capital, reported NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster.

The knife-wielding attacker was identified as 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee at the facility. He reportedly entered the building at about 2:30 a.m. local time, and turned himself into police about half an hour later. He was arrested under suspicion of attempted murder and trespassing.

Sagamihara, located in the Kanazawa prefecture, is home to about 719,000 people, and is the fifth most populous suburb in greater Tokyo. The city has not seen violence of this severity in recent memory.