Melbourne: A car ploughed into a crowd in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday in what police said it was a “deliberate act” that left 14 people injured some of them seriously.
According to police, the driver of the vehicle and a second man were in custody after the incident, which occurred on Flinders Street in the city’s central business district.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sent a tweet calling the incident “shocking” and said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and those treating them.
As our federal & state police & security agencies work together to secure the scene and investigate this shocking incident our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & the emergency & health workers who are treating them. https://t.co/JkUM9TuIQe
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) December 21, 2017
There have been a number of car attacks in other parts of the world in recent years, many of them linked to terrorism.
The deadliest such attack in recent years took place in Nice, France, in July 2016 when a man drove a refrigerated truck weighing about 20 tons into a crowd, killing 86 people.