9 people injured, suspect arrested in Tokyo van attack

02 January, 2019, 01:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Police took into custody a man in his 20s

At least nine people were injured, one critically, CNN reported.

Japanese police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of intention to kill shortly after the crash in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Investigative sources told the Japan Times that the man said he rammed his vehicle into the crowd "in retaliation for an execution".

Eight New Year's revellers have been left injured after a minivan driver slammed into pedestrians in downtown Tokyo.

Kusakabe told the police he had meant to kill the pedestrians he hit "in retaliation for an execution". They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street, which local media said had been closed to auto traffic for holiday revelers.


The incident occurred on the well-known Takeshita Street in the shopping and tourist district of Harajuku, which runs parallel to the famous Meiji shrine.

TV aired video of a small van with the entire front end smashed while emergency workers rushed to the scene. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or Japan's system of capital punishment.

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

Local media said a container with kerosene inside was found inside the rental vehicle.

Another man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the vehicle, the police said.

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