Tokyo, Jan 7 (AFP) Tokyo police are investigating the suicide of an officer in charge of traffic control near the scene of a New Year’s Eve car ramming attack that injured nine people, police and media said. Also Read - Russian Couple Forced To Publicly Apologise For Getting Drunk And Having Sex on Thai Beach

The attack in Tokyo’s famed Harajuku fashion district saw 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drive a vehicle into crowds, leaving at least one person with serious injuries. Also Read - WhatsApp Users in India Sent Over 20 Billion Messages on New Year's Eve

The day after the incident, a 36-year-old officer from the local traffic department was found dead in the basement of Harajuku police station, according to Tokyo police. Also Read - Game Of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Spotted Celebrating New Year's Eve In Jaipur, Claim Reports

“The officer was bleeding from his head. He had a gun in his right hand and one bullet had been fired from the gun,” a Tokyo police spokesman told AFP on Monday.

“We’re investigating why this happened,” he said, without elaborating further.

Public broadcaster NHK reported, citing police sources, that the officer had been in charge of traffic control near the district where the attack occurred moments into the new year.

The broadcaster said the policeman had been suffering from harassment at work, and reported he left behind a suicide note, without giving details of its contents.

The attacker, who reportedly drove the vehicle from near the western city of Osaka, is under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.

He has reportedly told police he was acting in “retribution for the death penalty”, but the specifics of his motive remain unclear. (AFP) AMS AMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.