An SUV has crashed into a crowd at a public square in central China, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 40 others, the city government says.
- A 54-year-old Chinese man was arrested by police after the crash
- There was no mention of terrorism or any other motive
- An official said about 46 people were injured
Police arrested the suspected driver of a red SUV that ploughed into a large group of people at the square in Hunan Province’s Hengdong County, according to a government microblog account.
About 46 people were injured, according to the Hengyang city government office in charge of online information and propaganda.
The Beijing Youth Daily, a publication of the ruling Communist Party’s youth league, said on its official microblog account that police were investigating the crash.
There was no mention of terrorism or any other motive.
Police identified the driver as a 54-year-old Chinese man named Yang Zanyun from the same county.
He had previously served several prison sentences for crimes including arson and assault, the newspaper said.
China has experienced violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson of buses and buildings, sometimes by people trying to settle personal scores or grievances against society.
Occasionally, the attacks are attributed to militant separatists, though such attacks have become less common in recent years.