It remains unclear why a car ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in China’s Tiananmen Square, killing at least five people and injuring dozens more.
Police in Beijing said the vehicle veered off the road, crossed safety barriers and caught fire. All three people in the car died as well as two tourists, one of them a woman from the Philippines.
It crashed almost directly in front of the main entrance to the Forbidden City, where there hangs a huge portrait of the founder of Communist China, Mao Zedong.
Already tight security was intensified around the square, where a military crackdown ended the pro-democracy protests of 1989. It stands close to the compound of China’s central leadership.
When asked whether the government thought this was a terror attack, a spokeswoman said she did not know the specifics of the case and declined further comment.