Thursday 20 June 2019

Pedestrians injured as van ‘deliberately’ driven into New Year crowd in Tokyo

Revellers had gathered in Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, an area popular with tourists.

Police and firefighters at the scene of a car ‘attack’ near Takeshita Street in Tokyo (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News/AP)
Police and firefighters at the scene of a car ‘attack’ near Takeshita Street in Tokyo (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A minivan slammed into pedestrians in a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in central Tokyo, injuring eight people, Japanese police said.

A 21-year-old suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said.

He is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street.

NHK TV footage showed a small van with the entire front end smashed and officers and ambulance workers rushing to the scene.

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