TOKYO (AP) — A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a avenue the place individuals had gathered for New Yr’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight individuals, police stated.
The suspect, 21, Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police stated on customary situation of anonymity.
He’s suspected of deliberately attempting to kill individuals by driving the small automobile via the road. NHK TV footage confirmed a small van with your entire entrance finish smashed and officers and ambulance staff dashing to the scene.
A ninth individual was injured after Kusakabe obtained out of the automotive and punched him, police stated. His situation was not instantly identified.
A big tank full of kerosene was discovered within the automotive, police stated. The suspect appeared to have deliberate to set his automotive on hearth, Mainichi newspaper and different Japanese media reported. Police declined to touch upon the stories, saying such attainable motives had been nonetheless underneath investigation.
The crash occurred early Tuesday on Takeshita Dori, a highway well-known to vacationers and popular culture and style followers that runs proper by Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Shibuya ward.
Each New Yr’s Eve, the prepare line that features Harajuku station runs all evening, for individuals welcoming the brand new yr with a shrine go to.
Japan is a comparatively crime free nation with strict gun-control legal guidelines. In 2008, a person drove his automotive right into a crowd within the in style Akihabara electronic-shopping district, obtained off and went on a stabbing spree with a knife. Seven individuals had been killed.