Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in 'Terror Attack'

The incident took place in the popular tourist area of Harajuku

The incident took place in the popular tourist area of Harajuku

The street was closed to vehicular traffic at the time as it was expected to be crowded with people, including those making New Year's visits to the nearby Meiji Shrine, one of the biggest Shinto shrines in Japan.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has yet to issue a statement on the matter. The man told the police he had knocked down the pedestrians in order to kill them, the MPD said.

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

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A vehicle is inspected by police after it injured several pedestrians on Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

In the early hours of the new year, a man crashed his vehicle into pedestrians in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, injuring nine people in what he claimed to be a terrorist attack, local media reported Tuesday.

The crash occurred in the early hours of Tuesday on Takeshita Street, well known to tourists and pop culture fans.

Another witness, who runs a clothing shop in the area, said: "I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street".

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