9 people injured, suspect arrested in Tokyo van attack

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

A container with kerosene inside was found inside the rental vehicle, local media said.

There is no information so far to suggest foreign tourists were among the injured, the police spokesman said.

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.

The attacker, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested by the police on suspicion of attempted murder. He had been driving a rental auto with an Osaka license plate, Kyodo reported.

The assailant claimed that he had committed an act of terrorism "in retaliation for an execution" and "would not make any excuse" for his act, local media quoted investigative sources. It was not clear if he was referring to a specific execution or capital punishment in general.

According to national broadcaster, NHK, the suspect fled from the scene and assaulted a passerby before he was captured minutes later. Most of those executed, or 13, were cultists of the Aum Shinrikyo group that was responsible for the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo Metro during morning rush hour, which killed 13 and sickened thousands of others.

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Takeshita Street, regarded as the epicentre of Tokyo's eccentric youth culture, had been closed to all vehicles from 10pm on Monday to 5am yesterday as heavy foot traffic was expected to and from the nearby Meiji Jingu, a major shrine where Japanese go to pray for good luck in the New Year.

Every New Year's Eve, the train line that includes Harajuku station runs all night for people welcoming the new year with a shrine visit.

"I can't believe it". Local media reported the student was in a coma.

Police and riot police were called to the scene.

Local TV footage showed the small van with a smashed-up front end as ambulance workers and police officers rushed to the scene.

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