Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people

Geraldine Edwards
January 2, 2019

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Japanese police said a ninth person was injured after Kusakabe got out of his vehicle and punched him. The stabbings occurred about 8:50 pm.

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.

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No further details about the attacker's identity have been provided.

Police took into custody a man in his 20s and said he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the auto through the street. All was calm as New Year revellers, including children, walked past.

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A vehicle plowed into crowds who were celebrating the passing of the New Year early on January 1 in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, Japan, leaving a total of nine people injured. "It was very very scary", Clack said.

The auto barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, at around 12.10 a.m., on New Year's day, police said. Police say he acted with an "intent to murder".

The incident took place on Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district close to Meiji Shrine shortly after midnight.

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Another witness, who runs a clothing shop in the area, said: "I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street".

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