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Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people

Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people

The attacker, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested by the police on suspicion of attempted murder.

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

Another 19-year-old man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the vehicle, the police said.

Britain is now on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely and security officials say they are facing record levels of work in countering militants as well as far-right extremists after four major attacks a year ago.

"I hit them with an intention to kill", Mishima said the suspect had told police. All was calm as New Year revellers, including children, walked past.

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Witness Sam Clack, 38, a BBC radio producer, said: "I just heard this most blood-curdling scream and looked down the platform".

A Japanese man drove a minivan directly into a crowd of pedestrians out for New Year's celebrations in what he said was retaliation for the "death penalty", police said.

"It was just fear, pure fear", said Mr Clack, who added that he heard the man shouting "Allah" during the attack. Police say he acted with an "intent to murder". The spokesman declined to elaborate.

The incident occurred on the well-known Takeshita Street in the shopping and tourist district of Harajuku, which runs parallel to the famous Meiji shrine.

Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.


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