11 dead, 44 in hospital after motorist attacks crowd in China

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Two more people have died after a driver ploughed into a crowded Chinese public square, bringing the death toll to 11, local officials said Thursday.

Officials said Yang drove a vehicle into a crowded pedestrian square in the city of Hengyang in Hunan province with "intent to injure" at about 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, BBC reported.

Videos carried on Chinese media, such as Btime, showed several bodies on the ground as bystanders tended to some of them.

The local government immediately sent emergency services to treat the wounded while police arrested the driver, according to the Hengdong Communist Party Committee propaganda department.

Police have reportedly named the suspect as a 54-year-old man, Yang Zanyun. Authorities have no yet given a motive and no official mention of terrorism has been made. He had previously served several prison sentences for crimes including arson and assault, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

Nine people were killed and 46 others were injured, state-run Global Times reported.

The driver deliberately rammed his vehicle into pedestrians on the Mijiang Square, said the statement posted by the Hengyang government on the official social media account.

China has experienced violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson of buses and buildings.

Police blamed that attack on Muslim separatists from the Uighur ethnic minority group. Witnesses told news website Thepaper.cn that a red SUV suddenly drove into crowds of people who had been dancing and walking around in the square, causing mass panic.

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