Tokyo: minivan hits pedestrians gathered for New Year

Tokyo: minivan hits pedestrians gathered for New Year

Tokyo: minivan hits pedestrians gathered for New Year

Eight people were injured after a man rammed his vehicle into pedestrians on a shopping street in central Tokyo in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.

With an "intent to murder", a 21-year-old man drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo's fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight (15:10 GMT on Monday), a police spokesperson told AFP news agency. He is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the vehicle into them in the street.

TV aired video of a small van with the entire front end smashed while emergency workers rushed to the scene. They said a man is in custody and those injured were in a "serious" but not life-threatening condition.

Japanese media reported that Kusakabe appeared to have planned to set his auto on fire.

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Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019. Police declined to comment on the reports, saying such possible motives were still under investigation.

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The incident happened in the tourist and shopping destination of Harajuku on Takeshita Street, which is close to the Meiji Shrine.

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