Vehicle deliberately driven into New Year's Eve crowds injuring eight in Tokyo

Car attack injures 8 pedestrians in Tokyo during New Year's festivities

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

Police immediately cordoned off the street while the driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Investigative sources told the Japan Times that the man said he rammed his vehicle into the crowd "in retaliation for an execution".

"I learned about the incident later". They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the auto through the street.

A Reuters witness in Manchester said there were police officers around the train station, which remained closed several hours after the incident. New year's eve is generally a muted affair in Tokyo.

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"I heard the man say, As long as you keep bombing these countries this is going to keep happening", the producer, Sam Clack, told BBC 5 Live radio.

Nine people were injured - one seriously - in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in the early hours of Tuesday when a man rammed his vehicle into pedestrians on a well-known shopping street in what he claimed was an act of terrorism, authorities said.

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

The crash occurred early on Tuesday on Takeshita Dori, a street well-known to tourists and pop culture and fashion fans that runs past the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Shibuya ward.

"I can't believe it, this is a place I'm familiar with, so it's very shocking", said Tatsuhiro Yaegashi, a 27-year-old worker in the area.

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