China: Car rams into Hunan square killing three

Map of China showing Hengyang

A man has driven a car into a busy square in southern China, killing at least three people and injuring 43, local government officials say.

The red SUV drove into Binjiang square in Hengyang city, Hunan province, at 19:40 local time (11:40 GMT). Local media say that some victims appeared to have been stabbed.

The driver, who has a criminal record, has been detained, officials say.

Officials have not said whether the incident is terror related.

Video footage from the scene on Chinese media shows people running out of a packed square.

Others kneel down to help or carry the injured away, as bodies lie on the ground.

Police have reportedly named the suspect as a 54-year-old man, Yang Zanyun.

Local media say criminal records show Mr Yang served time in prison for arson and drugs related offences.

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