On December 25, a man in Longyan in Fujian province caused mayhem on a street near the city’s Liuyi Square after hijacking a bus and driving it into pedestrians.
Eight died following the attack, including one policeman, while another 22 people were injured. All of the injured victims have been brought to hospital and the man has been detained by police for further investigation, according to Minxi News.
The incident took place at around 3pm on Tuesday, when the hijacker got into an altercation with a local neighborhood official and killed him with a knife before heading out onto the street and hijacking the bus.
According to local police, the hijacker is a 48-year-old local man surnamed Qiu, and has had a history of conflicts with the neighborhood official.
Video clips of the attack have been circulating online, showing injured people lying on the street, as well as multiple damaged cars and scooters and the hijacked bus, the windscreen of which has been shattered. In the clips, a man can be seen being wrestled to the ground by a group of policemen.
Watch the grisly aftermath of the incident in the video below (VPN off):
One woman, surnamed Zhang, who witnessed the incident recalled the horrific moment as the bus careened down the street: “I saw there was a person under the bus, being dragged down the road. We immediately began shouting at the bus: ‘Stop! Someone is under the bus!’ But the vehicle didn’t stop.”
China has had a number of serious vehicle-related attacks and/or accidents this year. One took place on November 22, when a man crashed into a group of primary students outside their school in Liaoning province, causing six deaths. On October 28, a bus carrying at least 10 passengers crashed into the Yangtze River in Chongqing after a female passenger got into an altercation with the driver. And back in September, a man in Hunan deliberately plowed into a crowd of people in a square before exiting the car and attacking bystanders with a knife, leaving 15 dead and 43 injured.
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