Auto attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

Car attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

Car attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

In the early hours of the new year, a man crashed his vehicle into pedestrians in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, injuring nine people in what he claimed to be a terrorist attack, local media reported Tuesday.

Police said the man in custody is being held for 'questioning on suspicion of attempted murder'.

Ten minutes after midnight in Tokyo on January 1 a van ploughed into pedestrians on a small street in the Shibuya Ward, injuring at least eight people.

Policemen stand next to a auto which ploughed into pedestrians on New Year day in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday.

Another 19-year-old man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the auto, the police said. His condition was not immediately known.

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Police said the auto barreled down a crowded street roughly 10 minutes after midnight. The suspect appeared to have planned to set his vehicle on fire, Mainichi newspaper and other Japanese media reported.

At 12:10 a.m., the small van began driving into pedestrians on the street, which was closed to vehicular traffic at the time because of revelers visiting the Meiji Shrine and attending New Year's gatherings.

Investigative sources told the Japan Times that the man said he rammed his vehicle into the crowd "in retaliation for an execution".

The Japanese news outlet stated in its report that is unclear to which execution the suspect was referring.

The Yomiuri Shimbun Seven people were knocked over by a auto that drove in the wrong direction for about 130 meters along the iconic Takeshita Street in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, early Tuesday, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Seven people were killed.

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