Sunday, 18 November, 2018

SUV crashes into crowd in central China, killing nine

Car PLOUGHS into crowd in busy square - three dead and 43 injured Nine dead as car ploughs into square in southern China
Kenny Thornton | 13 September, 2018, 18:28

The driver of a auto that ploughed into a crowd in China, killing 11 people and injuring dozens more, has been arrested.

Officials said Yang drove a vehicle into a crowded pedestrian square in the city of Hengyang in Hunan province with "intent to injure" at about 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, BBC reported.

Videos and photos circulated on social media purportedly show large crowds of up to several hundred people running frantically from the square in different directions, amid bodies laying scattered on the ground.

Initially the government said three people died, but raised the death toll to nine in a statement late on Wednesday.

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Nine people have been confirmed dead and 46 others injured by the government as of writing.

The driver, Yang Zanyun, 54, first ploughed through the people with his vehicle and later got out of it and went on a rampage attacking people with a knife. No other motive has been offered.

A local government statement described the event as a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure".

China has experienced several violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson attacks on buses and buildings, sometimes by people trying to settle personal scores or grievances against society. Witnesses told news website Thepaper.cn that a red SUV suddenly drove into crowds of people who had been dancing and walking around in the square, causing mass panic. Police have also previously blamed such attacks on militant separatists.

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