Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.
One person, a 21-year-old man, has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, according to police.
In the early hours of the new year, a man crashed his auto into pedestrians in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, injuring nine people in what he claimed to be a terrorist attack, local media reported Tuesday.
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The suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, initially told police that he had conducted a terrorist act, later saying he had deliberately driven the vehicle down the narrow street to protest his opposition to the death penalty, telling police he "would not make any excuse" for his actions.
According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to auto traffic at the time as revellers crammed the area to celebrate the arrival of 2019.
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TV pictures of the scene on Tuesday showed a gray colored light vehicle used in the attack, positioned across the street.
The driver initially fled the scene but was caught by police 20 minutes later.
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Nine people were injured in the attack. "Really scary, isn't it?" one bystander told NHK. They said a man is in custody and those injured were in a "serious" but not life-threatening condition.