Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, 9 injured

01 January, 2019, 19:42 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Police took into custody a man in his 20s

The street was closed to vehicular traffic at the time as it was expected to be crowded with people, including those making New Year's visits to the nearby Meiji Shrine, one of the biggest Shinto shrines in Japan.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has yet to issue a statement on the matter. They said a man is in custody and those injured were in a "serious" but not life-threatening condition.

The MPD arrested a 21-year-old man who was driving the vehicle on suspicion of attempted murder.

"I learned about the incident later".

Japanese media reports that a young man in his 20's drove a rented minivan into a busy street shortly after revelers had rung in the New Year.

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A BBC producer who was a witness at the station described the attacker as wielding a large kitchen knife and who linked his actions to "bombings in other countries".

A vehicle has slammed into pedestrians on a street where people had gathered for New Year's festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said. The spokesman declined to elaborate.

Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.

Crowds had gathered in Takeshita Dori, a very popular street in the fashionable Harajuku district, to ring in the new year when the man struck.

"I can't believe it, this is a place I'm familiar with, so it's very shocking", said Tatsuhiro Yaegashi, a 27-year-old worker in the area.

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