A former disabled care centre worker has stabbed 19 people to death and injured 25 in Japan’s worst mass killing since World War II.
A 26-year-old local man was arrested after he turned himself in to the police on Tuesday. Satoshi Uematsu worked at the disabled care facility in Sagamihara, a city west of Tokyo, until he was fired in February 2016.
Uematsu allegedly broke a first-floor window to access the building and attack sleeping residents in 40-minute rampage.
Kyodo news agency reported Uematsu sent letters to politicians threatening to kill hundreds of disabled civilians.
“My goal is a world in which the severely disabled can be euthanised,” he had written in a letter that was sent to a speaker in parliament.
“The lives of many innocent people were taken away and I am greatly shocked,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
Clinton officially declared Democrat candidate
Hillary Clinton has been officially nominated by the Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention. In a historic move by the Democratic Party, Clinton is the first female to head a major party’s presidential ticket.
“She’s got it. She has the numbers that are needed,” reported James Bays from Al Jazeera, when Mrs. Clinton surpassed the 2,383 votes essential for securing the nomination.
Murder of French priest linked to ISIS
A French priest has been murdered at his Normandy church by two men with reported links to ISIS. The 84-year-old, Father Jaques Hammel, reportedly had his throat slit by his attackers after they entered the church and took several people hostage. One person is fighting for life following the incident and reports from Paris-based AFP indicate that three other hostages escaped unharmed.
According to Paris police prosecutor Francois Molins, one of the suspects has been identified as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who was under police surveillance at the time of the attack for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria on two occasions.
Three arrests in Florida over nightclub shooting
Three men have been arrested in Florida for resisting authorities near the scene of Monday’s shooting in the carpark of Club Blu. All three have been named persons of interest in the ongoing investigation and, according to police, could face further charges.
Fort Myers police say they have ruled out any extremist links but have not ascertained motives as yet.
Two teenaged boys were killed in the shooting, two people remain hospitalised in critical conditions and 19 others were wounded. – compiled from web sources by Zabrina Potestas, Ariana Norton and Joseph Walz