Five killed as car plows into crowd in Beijing's Tiananmen Square
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 01:22
Oct. 28 - Chinese police evacuate Beijing's Tiananmen Square after a car plows into pedestrians and goes up in flames, killing five people. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Smoke over China's Tiananmen Square.
At least five people were killed and over three dozen others injured here in Beijing on Monday.
It happened after a car reportedly ploughed into pedestrians, catching fire.
Chinese police say the car veered off the road at the north side of the square, crossing through protective barriers.
A foreign tourist who didn't want to be identified said she heard an explosion, followed by fire.
Three of the dead were inside the car. Two others were tourists.
The car crashed almost directly in front of the main entrance of the Forbidden City
That's where a huge portrait of the founder of Communist China, Mao Zedong, hangs.
China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman was asked if the government believed this was a "terror attack".
"I need to learn the specifics of the situation. But if there are any foreign citizens involved in any kind of case, I think we will always manage it appropriately according to the regular practices of international law."
Police set up barriers in front of the crash site and security was high.
Tiananmen Square is a major tourist attraction.
But it's also the site of pro-democracy protests in 1989 that the government suppressed with bloodshed.
Beijing's central government held a meeting after the crash and says it's investigating the incident.
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