Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in 'Terror Attack'

Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in 'Terror Attack'

One person, a 21-year-old man, has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, according to police.

Nine people were injured - one seriously - in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in the early hours of Tuesday when a man rammed his auto into pedestrians on a well-known shopping street in what he claimed was an act of terrorism, authorities said. Initially, a police spokesperson characterised the crash as an "act of terror", Reuters reported. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street, which local media said had been closed to auto traffic for holiday revelers.

The police also found a 20-liter tanks of kerosene in the auto, which Kusakabe said he planned to use to burn the vehicle, according to the police. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or the country's system of capital punishment.

Japanese television showed a grey coloured vehicle that was badly damaged in the front and dozens of police officers at the scene.

The incident happened shortly after midnight local time on Monday in a popular tourist area of Harajuku, near Meiji Shrine, in central Tokyo.

A man aged in his 20s has been taken into custody by police and eight people are so believed to have been injured in the attack.

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. At least seven people were killed and a dozen injured.

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