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Car plows into people at square in southern China, killing at least 9

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Footage shared on social media shows the SUV racing across the square

A car has plowed into people at a busy square in southern China, killing at least 9 people and injuring nearly 50 others, local officials say. It appears to be a deliberate act.

The attack happened at about 7:40 p.m. local time on Wednesday when scores of people were walking and dancing on Binjiang Square in Mishui, a large town near Hengyang city in Hunan province.

Video shared online showed a red SUV driving across the busy square at a high rate of speed, striking at least 2 people. Other video showed victims on the ground and people fleeing from the area.

The Hengdong County government confirmed in a statement that at least 9 people were killed and 46 others were injured.

The driver was taken into custody and identified as a man with a criminal history and born in 1964, the statement said. There was no immediate word on a possible motive for Wednesday’s attack.

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