People Are Killed in Japan – level 3

11-08-2016 07:00

Dozens of ambulances are seen here rushing to the site where 19 people were killed in Japan. A further 25 people were wounded after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled near Tokyo. Governments are calling this Japan’s worst mass killing in decades. 

Police have arrested Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old former employee, at the facility in Sagamihara. The man went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack.

Local police have said he sent a handwritten letter to politicians in February in which he threatened to kill 100s of disabled people. He was kept in hospital for almost two weeks before being released.

The dead range in age from 19 to 70 and include both males and females. Staff called police at 2:38 AM local time with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds of the facility. Officials have ruled out any link to terrorism.

Difficult words: dozens (many), rush (hurry), wield (hold and use), facility (a building that gives some kind of service), disabled (a person who has problems with his or her mind or body), former (-ex), allegedly (people say that this happened), admit (tell someone that you did something).



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