Eleven people killed and dozens injured after SUV ploughs into crowds in China

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

The driver of a car that ploughed into a crowd in China, killing 11 people and injuring dozens more, has been arrested.

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.

After driving into the crowd he is then alleged to have attacked people with a knife and a shovel.

Footage shows crowds fleeing the public square where the incident took place.

Police are investigating the crash and said that the attacker’s motive was to ‘get revenge on society’, apparently ruling out terrorism.

Eleven people were killed after an SUV ploughed into a crowd in China (Twitter/@tvlanguedoc)

The suspect is thought to have served several prison sentences for convictions including arson, drug trafficking and assault.

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China has experienced several violent attacks in public places in recent years, including bombings and arson attacks on 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.

Authorities have not said what the possible motive for the incident was (Twitter/@tvlanguedoc)

In 2013, an SUV ploughed through a crowd in front of Beijing’s Forbidden City before crashing and catching fire, killing five, including the vehicle’s three occupants.

Police blamed that attack on Muslim separatists from the Uighur ethnic minority group.