May 21, 2020 / 7:39 AM / 15 days ago

Car crashes into Sydney hijab store, police say no immediate terrorism link

People stand outside the damaged front windows of a shop into which a car crashed in the Greenacre suburb of Sydney, Australia May 21, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Rawa Assaad/via REUTERS

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A sports car crashed into a shop selling traditional Islamic wear in western Sydney on Thursday, injuring 11 people as well as the driver, but there was no indication the crash was terrorism related, a spokeswoman for the New South Wales state police said.

​ The Subaru Sport Utility Vehicle crashed into another vehicle that had stopped at traffic lights in Bankstown around 1515 local time, before continuing into a nearby shop, police said in a statement.

“The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured. They are currently being treated at the scene; however, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,” NSW police said in a statement.

Officers from Bankstown Police Area Command are at the scene and are conducting inquiries.

A police spokeswoman separately told Reuters there was “no indication (of terrorism) at this stage.”

Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Toby Chopra

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