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In three separate incidents, cars plunge into crowds in China

by John Ai

At least six people have been killed and many more injured in different attacks in Beijing, Shenyang, and at a school in Zhejiang province. The authorities have not released too many details, but images from the attacks have been widely shared online. Several commentators in social media blame anger against society created by economic issues.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Three car-ramming incidents occurred in the space of a few hours on Tuesday in China.

One was reported in the capital Beijing, one in the northeastern megacity of Shenyang and the third in the eastern city of Taizhou (Zhejiang province) with at least six dead and more than a dozen injured.

Although the authorities have not provided too many details, pictures and videos from the scene of the attacks have been posted online.

The motives behind them are not yet known, but some speculate that they may be a way for some people to vent frustrations and take revenge against society.

The first attack took place at 7 am in Shenyang, when a black car drove into the pavement on the opposite side of the road, resulting in the death of three people, two after they were taken to the hospital.

Official media did not provide further details about the incident; however, pictures posted online show a steel gas tank on the passenger seat next to the driver.

The second incident occurred around 11:20 am, at the Taizhou Vocational & Technical College in Zhejiang Province. With classes over, students were leaving when a car ploughed into them.

Online videos show ambulances and police vehicles at the cordoned-off scene. Police announced that the incident resulted in three deaths and 16 injuries noting that the driver was a college student.

The third incident was reported in downtown Beijing, in the evening, but police have provided few details so far.

A black car hit pedestrians and multiple scooters in what police said was a "traffic accident" but no figures about dead and injured were released.

Videos show scooter debris and blood on the ground and many injured, while the driver of the black car remained motionless behind the wheel when police arrived.

To prevent people from seeing the scene, police set up a blue privacy screen. Likewise, videos of the incident were soon censored on social media.

These three successive attacks in one day sparked discussion online. Some commentators believe that the economic downturn in recent years has led to dissatisfaction, frustrations, and a desire for revenge.

On 1 March, a man drove a car into a crowd near an elementary school in Dezhou, Shandong province. According to official media, several pupils were injured and two died.

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