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Five suspects linked to the fatal Tiananmen Square fireball car crash have been arrested, Chinese state media reported today.
The three people who died in the jeep were a man, his mother and his wife, the official Xinhua news agency reported, giving names which appeared to identify them as ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim people who come from China's restive far western region of Xinjiang.
Chinese authorities suspect yesterday's fatal Tiananmen Square car crash was the work of suicide attackers, Reuters reported, citing sources.
"It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It was no accident. The jeep knocked down barricades and rammed into pedestrians. The three men [in the vehicle] had no plans to flee from the scene."
Police have yet to determine the identities of the three people in the jeep, the sources said. Yesterday evening Beijing police said they were looking for two suspects from the restive far western region of Xinjiang in connection with a "major incident".
Chinese state media reported that a "car accident" in central Beijing's Tiananmen Square has left five people dead.
However, comments on Chinese social media disputing the official version of events are being deleted by the authorities.
ITV News China Correspondent Angus Walker reports.
A female tourist from the Philippines was among the five people reported dead in the car crash at Tiananmen Square, according to Xinhua.
The news agency said that three other Philippine tourists and a Japanese tourist were among those injured.
The three people killed by the car crash in Tiananmen Square were the driver and two passengers of a jeep that ploughed into crowds of people at the site, police said, according to Xinhua.
The newspaper also reported that 11 tourists and police officers were injured by the vehicle, which crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge before bursting into flames shortly after midnight, local time.
Tiananmen Square has been cleared of people following a fatal incident today that saw a car plough into crowds of people, killing three and injuring many more.
According to an official police microblog, the car veered off the road at the north of the square, crossed the barriers and caught fire, injuring "many" tourists and police.
Three people have died after a vehicle veered through a crowd and crashed in front the iconic Tiananmen Gate in central Beijing, Chinese state media reported.
The Xinhua News Agency said several tourists and policemen also were injured in today's accident.
The gate is one of the southern entrances to the former imperial palace and stands at the top of sprawling Tiananmen Square.
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Chinese authorities were calling it a car accident. But now they are hunting suspects in what could be Beijing's first major suicide attack.
There is clearly a security operation underway to deal with what state media has been calling an accident.