Driver crashes into pedestrians at Tokyo New Year's Eve festivities

Driver crashes into pedestrians at Tokyo New Year's Eve festivities

Driver crashes into pedestrians at Tokyo New Year's Eve festivities

According to the announcement by the MPD, he ran into eight pedestrians - all male - with four of them seriously injured.

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

Popular with teenagers, it runs right by Meiji Shrine in Harajuku.

Police were, however, keeping an open mind as there was no intelligence suggesting a wider threat, the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"I learned about the incident later".

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 past year. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the auto through the street.

Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair.

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

NHK said the suspect had initially described the incident as an "act of terror" but later said the attack was in retaliation for capital punishment.

Firefighters carry on rescue works after a vehicle crash in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 1, 2019.

A 19-year-old university student remains unconscious after being hit by the minicar shortly after midnight on Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district, which is normally packed with young shoppers and foreign tourists during daytime.

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