Nine dead and dozens injured after SUV ploughs into crowd in China

Sergio Conner
September 13, 2018

Nine people died and 46 were injured after a vehicle ploughed into a crowded square in southern China on Wednesday and police have detained the driver, the local government said.

Yang Zanyun, 54, has been named as the suspected driver of the red SUV that crashed into a large group of people in the town of Mishui in Hunan province.

Eyewitness footage uploaded to social media shows multiple bodies strewn across the square with people tending to the injured on the blood-soaked pavement, to the sounds of despairing screams all around.

The driver, identified only by a surname, Yang, is in custody.

In April of this year, nine students were killed and 10 injured in a knife attack outside a school in the Shaanxi province in Northern China.

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Officials have not said whether the incident is terror related. He had previously served several prison sentences for crimes including arson and assault, the newspaper said. Yang was detained by the police, who said he has a criminal record and has been jailed several times.

The government is generally nervous about such incidents after a auto ploughed through pedestrians in the northern part of Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 2013, killing the three people in the vehicle and two bystanders.

But the Chinese government has long anxious about the potential for extremists or separatist groups to carry out similar attacks.

"There was a vicious incident that a person drove deliberately into crowds at Mijiang Square of Hengdong County", the release said.

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