Beijing​: On Tuesday afternoon, around 5 people were killed and 21 were injured after a hijacked bus crashed into pedestrians in east China's Fujian province, reported state media. The hijacker was carrying a knife. He has been taken into custody for investigation by local police, reported a state television. The incident happened at about 3:20 pm in the city of Longyan. A policeman is one among the five confirmed dead.

Several similar incidents have been witnessed by China this year. In late November a car rammed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school. It took the lives of five people and injured another 18 people. Earlier that month, about 15 people died when a bus plunged off a bridge after the driver got into a fist fight with a passanger who had missed her bus stop.

In February, a van packed with pressurised gas tanks and petrol-filled bottles caught fire and crashed into pedestrians in Shanghai, leaving at least 18 people injured.

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