News ID: 234655
Published: 0248 GMT November 22, 2018

5 dead, 18 injured after car rams children near school in China

5 dead, 18 injured after car rams children near school in China

Security camera footage showed a line of children crossing the street in front of their school when a car approaches, then change lanes and swerve into a crowd of the children.

A car plowed into children outside a primary school in northeastern China on Thursday, killing fice and injuring 18, state media reported, according to Hindustantimes.com.

The driver was taken into custody after the crash around noon in the coastal city of Huludao in Liaoning province, state broadcaster CCTV said.

The cause was under investigation, although China has seen a number of recent deliberate vehicle attacks. A woman who answered the phone at Huludao police headquarters said they could not reveal anything yet.

Security camera footage showed a line of children crossing the street in front of their school when a car approaches, then change lanes and swerve into a crowd of the children. At least half a dozen students appear to have been hit.

Government spokesmen reached by phone said they were not authorized to release information about the crash.

While it wasn’t clear if the crash was a deliberate attack, China has recently seen a number of such incidents.

Last month, a knife-wielding man drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in the eastern city of Ningbo, killing two people and wounding 16.

And in September, 11 people were killed and 44 hospitalized after a man drove an SUV deliberately into people at a plaza in the central province of Hunan, before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger and shovel.

The most common motivations are identified as mental illness, alienation from society or a desire to settle scores.

Other deadly attacks have occurred at schools, including several in 2010 in which nearly 20 children were killed, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to beef up security.

However, in June, a man used a kitchen knife to attack three boys and a mother near a school in Shanghai, killing two of the children. Last year, police said a man set off an explosion at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China, which struck as relatives gathered to pick up their children at the end of the day, killing eight people.

   
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