Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people

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The man told the police he had knocked down the pedestrians in order to kill them, the MPD said. The stabbings occurred about 8:50 pm.

The suspect, 21, Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said on customary condition of anonymity.

"Tonight's events will have understandably anxious people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is now no intelligence to suggest there is any wider threat at this time", assistant chief constable Rob Potts said in a statement.

Car attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities
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Ten minutes after midnight in Tokyo on January 1 a van ploughed into pedestrians on a small street in the Shibuya Ward, injuring at least eight people. The shrine is a popular New Year's Eve destination.

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Nine people were injured when a man rammed a van into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve in Tokyo, Japanese authorities said. Local media said the suspect had initially described the incident as an "act of terror" but later said the attack was in retaliation for capital punishment without giving more precise details. The spokesman declined to elaborate.

A auto is inspected by police after it injured several pedestrians on Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

A 19-year-old university student remains unconscious after being hit by the minicar shortly after midnight on Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district, which is normally packed with young shoppers and foreign tourists during daytime.

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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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