Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

9 killed, 46 injured after vehicle rams into crowd in China

9 killed, 46 injured after vehicle rams into crowd in China

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

The auto drove onto the square in Mishui town, part of Hengyang city in Hunan province, in the early evening on Wednesday, the Hengyang government said in a statement.

Videos on social media showed people lying scattered across the square following the incident.

Three people have been so far been declared dead and 43 injured but the death toll is expected to grow, with some local newspapers already speaking of nine victims.

A local government statement described it as a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure". Authorities have no yet given a motive and no official mention of terrorism has been made.

Police identified the suspect as a 54-year-old Chinese man named Yang Zanyun from the same county.

At least nine people are dead and dozens injured after a auto crashed into a busy square in China. He was a known criminal having served various prison sentences for arson and assault convictions.

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. Police have also previously blamed such attacks on militant separatists. Islamist extremists claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The incident, which occurred in the city of Hengyang, in Hunan Province, left at least 46 people wounded, three of them severely, officials confirmed.

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