Vehicle knocks down 8 people on iconic Tokyo street

Vehicle knocks down 8 people on iconic Tokyo street

Nine people were injured - one seriously - in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in the early hours of Tuesday when a man rammed his auto into pedestrians on a well-known shopping street in what he claimed was an act of terrorism, authorities said.

The 21-year-old was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe.

NHK footage showed the van with a smashed front and paramedics carrying the injured on stretchers into ambulances.

A large tank filled with kerosene was found in the auto, police said. Police declined to comment on reports by the Mainichi newspaper and other Japanese media that the suspect appeared to have planned to set his vehicle on fire, and said such possible motives were still under investigation.

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Policemen stand next to a auto which plowed into pedestrians on New Year day in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2019. Police declined to comment on the reports, saying such possible motives were still under investigation. It was not immediately clear what he was referring to.

At 12:10 a.m., the small van began driving into pedestrians on the street, which was closed to vehicular traffic at the time because of revelers visiting the Meiji Shrine and attending New Year's gatherings.

The assailant claimed that he had committed an act of terrorism "in retaliation for an execution" and "would not make any excuse" for his act, local media quoted investigative sources.

Takeshita Street in Shibuya ward is a popular shopping area known for its quirky fashion and youth culture. In 2008, a man drove his vehicle into a crowd in the popular Akihabara electronic-shopping district, got off and went on a stabbing spree with a knife.

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