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Watch: Car hits pedestrians in Melbourne, several injured

Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the southern city of Melbourne, with as many as 12 people injured. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Dec 21, 2017, 07.05 AM (IST)

A car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Melbourne in Australia today.

Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of the car after it "collided with a number of pedestrians" in downtown Melbourne.

Police said the incident occurred on Flinders street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets.

The local police here confirmed the driver to suffer from mental health issues. Links with terrorism have been denied.


The 32-year-old driver was identified as being of Afghan descent. Police said he also had "a history of drug use".  

"At this time we do not have any evidence or intelligence to indicate a connection with terrorism," Shane Patton, Acting Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police told reporters in Melbourne.

Media reports said at least 16 people were injured.