At least nine people were injured, one seriously, when a auto deliberately plowed into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve in a central part of Tokyo, according to police.
The MPD arrested a 21-year-old man who was driving the auto on suspicion of attempted murder.
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TV aired video of a small van with the entire front end smashed while emergency workers rushed to the scene.
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Police and firefighters inspect the site near Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday.
A ninth person was injured after Kusakabe got out of the vehicle and punched him, police said. There was a tank of kerosene in the rental auto, which he said he planned to use to burn the vehicle, the investigative sources said.
The crash occurred early on Tuesday (local time) on Takeshita Street, well known to tourists and pop culture and fashion fans.
Police declined to comment on the reports, saying such possible motives were still under investigation. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or Japan's system of capital punishment. The man told the police he had knocked down the pedestrians in order to kill them, the MPD said. In 2008, a man drove his vehicle into a crowd in the popular Akihabara electronic-shopping district, got off and went on a stabbing spree with a knife.