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8 injured as car runs down pedestrians in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward

Eight people were injured -- one seriously -- in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in the early hours of Tuesday as a car plowed into pedestrians on Takeshita Street, authorities said.
Police detained a man who is believed to be the driver of the rental car with an Osaka license plate. Investigative sources quoted the man who claimed to be in his 20s as saying he has perpetrated an act of terrorism.
The scene of the suspected car attack on Takeshita Street is close to JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine. The street was closed to vehicular traffic at the time due to the crowds on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of revelers packed into Shibuya's famous scramble crossing but activities were tightly controlled by police and riot police. No major trouble had been reported as of 5 a.m. and most people had dispersed by then.


© KYODO
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