China: 11 Killed, 44 Injured After Car Ploughs Into Square, Driver Attacks People

| September 13 , 2018 , 14:33 IST

A total of 11 people have been killed and 44 others injured after a car ploughed into a crowded square in southern China, after which the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking “revenge” on society for previous criminal convictions, the Chinese government said on Thursday.

According to a report by Reuters quoting a statement by the Hengyang government, the car drove into the square in the Mishui town of Hengyang city in Hunan province in the early evening on Wednesday. Police were immediately sent to the scene to detain the suspect.

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The driver identified as 54-year-old Yang, drove the car alone onto the square deliberately ramming the car into pedestrians and then attacked people using a spade and a knife. Yang reportedly has a long criminal record, including convictions for theft, selling drugs and attacking people which led him to harbour a desire for “revenge on society”. No terror angle has been suspected.

Earlier in February, 18 people were injured when a minivan caught fire and mounted a pavement in a busy part of central Shanghai, ploughing into pedestrians. Investigations into the incident showed that the fire was caused by the driver smoking a cigarette inside the vehicle while transporting highly inflammable substances.

World-wide attacks by persons driving vehicles into crowds have become more common, especially deliberate attacks by terrorists. However, such incidents are comparatively rare in China, where terror gropups are yet to make a mark.