Fatal car crash on crowd in Austrian city of Graz

Epigraph:

We (Allah) prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso saved a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. (Al Quran 5:33)

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Source: BBC

At least three people are dead and dozens injured after a man drove his car into crowds in a square in the Austrian city of Graz.

The driver has been arrested but police have released no further details.

Part of the city has been sealed off and emergency services have launched a major operation.

Graz is Austria’s second largest city and the square was hosting an event related to the nearby Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The regional governor confirmed that three people had died and 34 were injured, some seriously.

Governor Hermann Schuetzenhoefer told reporters that the suspect arrested was a 26-year-old man, describing him as “deranged”.

“There is no explanation, there is no excuse,” he added.

Police said initial investigations indicated the incident was not terror-related.

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Sixty ambulances and four helicopters were sent to the scene.

Eyewitness Helmut Reinisch told the BBC he saw bodies lying on the ground “covered in blood,” including a young boy.

He added that the car was travelling at least 100 km/h: “It was really horrible, everybody was shocked.”

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