Hurt in Tokyo New Year's Day Car Attack

01 January, 2019, 19:40 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Car attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

At least nine people have been injured, one seriously, when a driver deliberately ploughed his vehicle into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve along a famous street in Japan's capital, Tokyo, according to police and media reports.

Police arrested Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, on suspicion of attempted murder as he was driving the rental van with an Osaka license plate in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in the attack, Japan Today reported. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the vehicle through the street.

NHK footage showed the van with a smashed front and paramedics carrying the injured on stretchers into ambulances. His condition was not immediately known. He also had a tank of kerosene in the rental auto, which he planned to use to light the vehicle on fire.

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

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Every New Year's Eve, the train line that includes Harajuku station runs all night.

A 19-year-old university student remains unconscious after being hit by the minicar shortly after midnight on Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district, which is normally packed with young shoppers and foreign tourists during daytime.

The auto barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, slamming into a number of them, police said.

Japan is a relatively crime free nation with strict gun-control laws. Seven people were killed.

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