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11 dead, 44 injured after driver plows car into crowd in C Chinese city

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11 people have been killed and 44 others injured after a male driver plowed his Land Rover into a crowd in Hengyang, central China’s Hunan Province, at about 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the local government.

“There was a vicious incident that a person drove deliberately into crowds at Mijiang Square of Hengdong County,” the government said in a statement which released on its official Weibo account on Wednesday night.

“The injured people have been taken to hospital and investigations are on,” it added.

Police arrested the 54-year-old suspect, named Yang Zanyun, who has a criminal record, at the scene of the incident, state-run tabloid Global Times reported.

Witnesses told Shanghai-based news website that a red SUV suddenly drove into crowds of people who had been dancing and walking around in the square, causing mass panic.

Several bystanders posted graphic video footage shortly after the incident on Chinese social media.

In the videos, scores of people lying on the ground in pools of blood and panicked crowds gathering around.

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