Vehicle deliberately driven into New Year's Eve crowds injuring eight in Tokyo

Vehicle deliberately driven into New Year's Eve crowds injuring eight in Tokyo

Vehicle deliberately driven into New Year's Eve crowds injuring eight in Tokyo

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

21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe was reportedly arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of attempted murder after plowing his rental auto, fitted with an Osaka license plate, into people on the Takeshita Street in the city's Harajuku district, which was closed to vehicles for the first day of the year.

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

He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said.

The incident occurred on the well-known Takeshita Street in the shopping and tourist district of Harajuku, which runs parallel to the famous Meiji shrine.

A 20-year-old man rammed his vehicle into the crowded street, which was closed to traffic at the time for holiday revellers.


TV pictures of the scene on Tuesday showed a gray colored light vehicle used in the attack, positioned across the street.

A large tank filled with kerosene was also found in the vehicle.

"I learned about the incident later".

At least nine people were injured, one critically, CNN reported.

One witness told NHK it was a "ghastly scene".

A man was arrested, with a police spokesman telling AFP news agency he had an "intent to murder".

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