Toyko driver arrested after 'deliberately crashing' into New Year revellers

01 January, 2019, 15:38 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Nine people were injured and police arrested a suspect after a man drove a van through a crowd in Tokyo

At least nine people were injured when a man drove a minivan into a crowd of revellers on a famous Tokyo street on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old suspect, Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan police.

NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.

Japanese television showed a grey coloured vehicle that was badly damaged in the front and dozens of police officers at the scene.

Another 19-year-old man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the auto, the police said.

Police said the man was in his 20s and had an "intent to murder".

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Firefighters carry on rescue works after a vehicle crash in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 1, 2019. Police declined to comment on the reports, saying such possible motives were still under investigation.

Every New Year's Eve, the train line that includes Harajuku station runs all night, for people welcoming the new year with a shrine visit.

It is not yet clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or the capital punishment system in Japan.

One unnamed source revealed to Kyodo News that the suspect told police that he "raised a terror attack" in "retaliation for an execution" and vowed not to "make any excuse" for it. Seven people were killed.

The crash occurred in the early hours of Tuesday on Takeshita Street, well known to tourists and pop culture fans.

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