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Driver arrested after driving car into a crowd of pedestrians in Japan

Published on Feb 23, 2014 4:44 PM
Police investigators inspect a vehicle after it crashed onto a pavement and hit 12 pedestrians in Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on Feb 23, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after intentionally steering his car onto a pavement and hitting 12 pedestrians in the Japanese city of Nagoya, police said on Sunday.

The incident occurred mid-afternoon close to the city's central station and the driver was caught on the spot, a provincial police spokesman told AFP by telephone.

He did not give any other details including the driver's identity.

Media reports said 12 pedestrians were injured, one of them seriously.

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