February 4, 2017 / 2:02 AM / 8 months ago

Beijing resident crashes car near Tiananmen Square

BEIJING, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A car crashed and overturned near Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing on Friday which police blamed on the driver losing control on a slippery road, cautioning against the spreading of rumours.

Police said on their official microblog on Friday that the 26-year-old driver had taken responsibility for the accident.

In 2013, a vehicle crashed on the edge of Tiananmen Square, killing five people and injuring dozens in what China said was a planned attack by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a Muslim Uighur separatist group.

Police said the driver, surnamed Zhang, in Friday’s accident was a Beijing resident.

Tiananmen Square is at the political and cultural heart of Beijing and security is always tight in the wake of the government’s bloody crackdown on student-led protests there in 1989. (Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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