China: 5 murdered, 18 wounded in car-ramming attack on schoolchildren

A man in his 40s rammed a car into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeast China, murdering five people and injuring another 18, state media said.

Police took the driver into custody and are investigating the cause of the attack in Huludao, Liaoning province, the official CCTV broadcaster said on its Weibo social media account.

Videos circulating on social media appeared to show a car veering onto the wrong side of the road and ramming through the line of children, with the impact from the crash throwing bodies across the road.

The ages of the victims were not released.

Other gut-wrenching footage showed small children lying unconscious and bleeding on the street. The screams and cries of children could be heard in the background, as onlookers milled around the scene of the attack.

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