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Three killed, many injured as car ploughs into Beijing's Tiananmen Square

Published on Oct 28, 2013 2:30 PM
 
Policemen set up barriers in front of the giant portrait of the late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong as they clean up after a car accident in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Monday, Oct 28, 2013. Three people were killed and many injured on Monday, police said, when a car ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests bloodily suppressed by the government. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Three people were killed and many injured on Monday, police said, when a car ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests bloodily suppressed by the government.

Police said on their official microblog that the car veered off the road at the north of the square, crossed the barriers and caught fire, injuring "many" tourists and police.

Three people in the car died, they said.

A Reuters witness said he saw fire engines, an ambulance and numerous police cars heading in the direction of the fire, which sent a plume of black smoke into the sky.

 
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