At Least 9 Dead & 40+ Injured After Man Rams Car into Busy Square, Some Victims Reportedly Stabbed

September 12, 2018Sep 12, 2018
Updated 1:30 PM ET

On Wednesday morning, September 12th, a tragic story emerged from China. According to several media reports, at least nine people have been killed and more than 40 others have been injured in a suspicious incident.

A man allegedly rammed his red SUV into a crowd of people at a busy square. The incident took place in Hengyang city, Hunan province, which is located in south China.

The 54-year-old driver, who has a criminal history of arson and drug-related charges, was immediately taken into custody, reported BBC News. His name is Yang Zanyun.

BBC also stated that some of the victims were reportedly stabbed. The conditions of the injured persons are unclear.

Authorities have not confirmed if this incident is terror-related. However, government officials did describe the situation as a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure."

Currently, few details are known; an investigation is ongoing. This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Please keep the victims in your prayers at this time. May God bring them peace and healing.

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