9 people injured, suspect arrested in Tokyo van attack

9 people injured, suspect arrested in Tokyo van attack

9 people injured, suspect arrested in Tokyo van attack

The street was closed to vehicular traffic at the time as it was expected to be crowded with people, including those making New Year's visits to the nearby Meiji Shrine, one of the biggest Shinto shrines in Japan. There was a 20-liter tank of kerosene in the rental auto, which he said he planned to use to burn the vehicle, the investigative sources said.

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

Japanese police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of intention to kill shortly after the crash in the early hours of New Year's Day.

NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with asmashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.

Kusakabe told the police he had meant to kill the pedestrians he hit "in retaliation for an execution".

One eyewitness told local media that he saw "people collapsed one after another and being helped".

Police cordoned off the street, which, during the day, is packed with tourists.

One college student suffered serious injuries during the attack and was undergoing surgery, the police spokesman told AFP.

The vehicle barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, at around 12.10 a.m., on New Year's day, police said. Media also reported that the driver eluded arrest for around 20 minutes before police caught him.

But police said they were still investigating whether the man was actually connected to the doomsday cult. There is no major fireworks display and no central point where revelers gather to see in the year.

Meanwhile in Germany, police have detained a 50-year-old man on suspicion of ramming his auto into a crowd of people after midnight on New Year's Eve at a crowded plaza in the north-western town of Bottrop.

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