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Ten injured after car rams into restaurant terrace in Marbella, Spain

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By Euronews and AP
The incident took place on a busy street in Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol.
The incident took place on a busy street in Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol.   -   Copyright  JOSE LUIS ROCA / AFP, FILE
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Ten people have been injured after a car rammed into a pedestrianised area in the Spanish resort city of Marbella, say police.

It happened on Monday afternoon shortly before 15:30 CEST in an area filled with outdoor cafés and restaurants.

Local authorities said in a statement that a "car had collided with the terrace of a bar on Miguel Cano Avenue and had run over several people".

At least five people were transferred to the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella. One woman is reported to be in a serious condition.

The car’s driver, a 30-year-old Spanish man, was arrested on the spot, and the authorities have ruled out terrorism as a motive.

The area had been brimming with customers having lunch, said Raúl Morote, whose family owns several restaurants on the popular avenue.

"The car was zigzagging and sweeping away everything," Morote told AP.

He said he could see about a dozen people being assisted on the spot by emergency crews, many of them with blood covering their legs.

"I hope for a speedy and full recovery for the injured," tweeted Guillermo Diaz, a Cuidadanos lawmaker for Malaga.