Terror strikes on New Year in UK, Japan; several injured

Terror strikes on New Year in UK, Japan; several injured

Terror strikes on New Year in UK, Japan; several injured

TOKYO-A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year's festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said.

Police immediately cordoned off the street while the driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 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.

Local TV footage showed the small van with a smashed-up front end, as ambulance workers and police officers rushed to the scene. The man told the police he had knocked down the pedestrians in order to kill them, the MPD said.

Another 19-year-old man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the vehicle, the police said. The suspect appeared to have planned to set his auto on fire, Mainichi newspaper and other Japanese media reported.

Police and firefighters inspect the site near Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district, a famous and crowded shopping street on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, where vehicles were banned from entering on Monday night.

Investigative sources quoted the man as saying he had perpetrated an act of terrorism "in retaliation for an execution" and "would not make any excuse" for his act. It was not clear if he was referring to a specific execution or capital punishment in general. Seven people were killed.

Related news