Car plows into people at square in southern China, causing casualties

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A car has plowed into people at a busy square in southern China, killing at least three people and injuring more than 40 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 on social media showed a red SUV driving across the busy square at a high rate of speed. Other video showed victims on the ground and people fleeing from the area.

The Hengdong County government confirmed in a statement that, according to preliminary data, at least 3 people were killed and 43 others were injured. It said the driver was taken into custody and identified as a man born in 1964.

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