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

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

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

Policemen stand next to a vehicle which ploughed into pedestrians on New Year day in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday.

A police spokesman said the driver had been detained and national broadcaster NHK said the man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A vehicle 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.

He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said.

Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of worldwide tourists every day.

Another witness, who runs a clothing shop in the area, said: "I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street".

Local media said the street had been closed to vehicle traffic for revellers when the incident occurred on Tuesday morning (local time). The suspect fled the scene but the police found him in a nearby park about half an hour later.

"Tonight's events will have understandably anxious people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is now no intelligence to suggest there is any wider threat at this time", assistant chief constable Rob Potts said in a statement. "Really scary, isn't it?" one bystander told NHK.

Police said a large tank filled with kerosene was found in the vehicle.

Nine people were injured in the attack.

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