Vehicle attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

Saul Bowman
January 2, 2019

Police arrested a man in his 20s, but they have not revealed any further details on the driver.

The vehicle barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, slamming into a number of them, police said.

A large tank filled with kerosene was also found in the vehicle.

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

At least nine people were hurt shortly after midnight on Tuesday when a man rammed his auto into pedestrians on a Tokyo street in what he claimed was an act of terrorism, local media reported.

"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.

The Japanese news outlet stated in its report that is unclear to which execution the suspect was referring.

Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair. When apprehended by police, the man declared that he had carried out a terrorist attack. He came towards me.

"It was just fear, pure fear", said Mr Clack, who added that he heard the man shouting "Allah" during the attack.

Police officers used a stun gun and pepper spray on the man before "six or seven" officers jumped on him, Mr Clack added.

The victims of the New Year's attack, including one teenager, are being cared for in nearby hospitals.

In Indonesia, a landslide after heavy rain on Monday left at least nine dead in West Java.

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