Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

China: Land Rover ploughs into crowd 'killing three and injuring 43'

China: Land Rover ploughs into crowd 'killing three and injuring 43'

Nine people were killed and 46 injured after a auto rammed into a crowd gathered at a square in Hengdong county, Central China's Hunan province, on Wednesday evening, local authorities said.

An SUV entered Binjiang square in Hengyang city, Hunan province, at 7.40pm local time Wednesday (5.40pm AEST).

Video shared online showed a red SUV driving across the busy square at a high rate of speed, striking at least 2 people.

The death toll has risen to 11 with another 44 people hospitalised after a man allegedly drove an SUV deliberately into a crowd in central China before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger and shovel, local authorities said Thursday.

An investigation has begun, the statement said, but there was no mention of terrorism as a possible motive.

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In this image made from video, a nurse performs CPR on an injured person at a hospital in Hengyang in south China's Hunan province.

Local media say criminal records show Mr Yang served time in prison for arson and drugs related offences.

China has experienced violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson of buses and buildings. Police have also previously blamed such attacks on militant separatists.

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.

Officials said in the hours after the attack that nine people had been killed.

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