Tokyo attack: Vehicle plows into New Year's crowd, injuring nine people

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

A auto ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year's Day early on Tuesday in a suspected terror attack, leaving eight people injured, including one who was unconscious.

The attack occurred on Takeshita Street, which is a well-known shopping and tourist destination in the Harajuku area, near the Meiji Shrine.

Police said the man in custody is being held for 'questioning on suspicion of attempted murder'.

The people injured ranged in age from teenagers to people in their 50s, including a male university student who remains in critical condition.

Another 19-year-old man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the vehicle, the police said. There was a tank of kerosene in the rental auto, which he said he planned to use to burn the vehicle, the investigative sources said. A vehicle slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year's festivities in downtown Tokyo. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or Japan's system of capital punishment.

NHK footage showed the van with a smashed front and paramedics carrying the injured on stretchers into ambulances.

He drove the wrong way on the one-way street and hit eight men aged between 19 and 51 while traveling around 140 meters, the police said.

Every New Year's Eve, the train line that includes Harajuku station runs all night.

  • Rogelio Becker