Car Crashes Into New Year's Crowd in Tokyo in Suspected Terror Attack

Car Crashes Into New Year's Crowd in Tokyo in Suspected Terror Attack

Car Crashes Into New Year's Crowd in Tokyo in Suspected Terror Attack

Manchester/Tokyo: Suspected incidents of terrorism were reported from United Kingdom and Japan on New Year's, leaving several people injured in both the countries.

Violent attacks and natural disasters marred New Year's Eve celebrations across the globe.

TOKYO-A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year's festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said.

The vehicle barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, slamming into a number of them, police said.

The police arrested Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, on suspicion of attempted murder.

The man was also carrying kerosene in his auto, police said.

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But it was unclear whether he was making a statement against the death penalty in general or was targeting a specific execution. "Really scary, isn't it?" one bystander told NHK.

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

Japanese police said a ninth person was injured after Kusakabe got out of his auto and punched him.

But police said they were still investigating whether the man was actually connected to the doomsday cult.

Local media said the street had been closed to vehicle traffic for revellers when the incident occurred on Tuesday morning (local time). When apprehended by police, the man declared that he had carried out a terrorist attack. "It was very very scary", Clack said.

Shoko Asahara, the leader of the Aum Shinrikyo, was the first of 13 cult members to be hanged in July for the subway attack that killed 13 people and poisoned more than 6000 others.

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