Minivan Slams Into New Year's Revelers In Tokyo, Injuring 8 People

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

A van has slammed into a crowd of people as they celebrated New Year's Eve on the streets of downtown Tokyo.

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.

A 21-year-old suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said.

Police told broadcaster NHK that he initially told then he had conducted a terrorist act, but then later claimed it was related to executions. He also had a tank of kerosene in the rental auto, which he planned to use to light the vehicle on fire.

One witness told NHK it was a "ghastly scene".

The street, which was sealed off to traffic, was packed with people heading to a shrine for New Year's prayers.

Manchester/Tokyo: Suspected incidents of terrorism were reported from United Kingdom and Japan on New Year's, leaving several people injured in both the countries.

He then fled on foot, but police caught him at a local park soon after, local media said.

A police spokesman said the driver had been detained but has not given out any further details on the identity of the suspect.

Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of worldwide tourists every day. All was calm as New Year revellers, including children, walked past.

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