At least 9 people injured after vehicle drives into a crowd of New Year’s Eve revelers in Tokyo

Policemen stand next to a car which plowed into pedestrians on New Year day in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2019.

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Policemen stand next to a car which plowed into pedestrians on New Year day in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2019.
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REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

  • A car plowed through a crowd of pedestrians celebrating New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, Japan.
  • At least nine people were injured, one critically, CNN reported.
  • Police said the car barreled down a crowded street roughly 10 minutes after midnight.

A car plowed through a crowd of pedestrians celebrating New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, Japan, in the early morning of January 1. At least nine people were injured, one critically, CNN reported.

The incident happened in the tourist and shopping destination of Harajuku on Takeshita Street, which is close to the Meiji Shrine. The shrine is a popular New Year’s Eve destination.

Police said the car barreled down a crowded street roughly 10 minutes after midnight.

According to CNN, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police have detained a suspect, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe. Initially, a police spokesperson characterized the crash as an “act of terror,” Reuters reported. However, according to CNN the suspect later said he was allegedly protesting the death penalty.