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Car rams into crowd, 11 killed

By Ma Chi and Zhang Yangfei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-12 22:43

Eleven people were killed and 44 injured in a car attack in Hengdong county, Central China's Hunan province, on Wednesday evening.

The car rammed into a crowd gathered at a square in Hengdong county of Hengyang city at around 7:35 pm. The driver then got off the vehicle and used a dagger and a shovel to attack people on the square, local authorities said.

As of 10 am, 11 people are dead and 44 are injured, including one in critical condition.

The driver, surnamed Yang, was taken into custody. The police said he has a criminal record and has been jailed several times.

According to the record on China Judgments Online website, the 54-year-old Yang was born in Hengdong county, Hunan province, has a junior high school education level and is unemployed.

In October 1992 he was sentenced two years of imprisonment by the Hengdong County Court for crime of intentional injury and in 2001 the court sent him back to prison for three years on charge of dealing in drugs, according to Beijing Evening News.

In October 2005, Yang was sentenced to nine months and three days in prison for his act of defiance and affray, and one year later he was sentenced to another one-year probation after being found guilty of causing fires.

In August 2009, Yang was sentenced to another six months for committing extortion and was released in May 2014.

Yang was sentenced to one year and six months this January for act of defiance and affray.

The case is under investigation.

 

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