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18 Injured After Man Deliberately Drives Car Into Pedestrians In Australia

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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At least 18 people were injured Thursday after a man deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of people in Melbourne, Australia.

An Australian citizen of Afghan descent was arrested at the scene seconds after the attack. Police said the suspect is a drug user with mental health issues and no known links to terrorism. Four people are in critical condition.

“It just barreled through a completely full intersection of pedestrians. There was no attempt to brake, no attempt to swerve,” witness Jim Stoupas told BBC. “I saw probably five to eight people on the ground with people swarming around them [to help]. Within a minute, I think, there were police on site, so it was very, very speedy.”

Another man, 24, was arrested for filming the incident while possessing a bag of knives.

“It is now believed he had no links to the incident, however he is still assisting police with enquiries,” police said during a press conference.

An off-duty police officer arrested the suspect. The incident took place at a busy intersection in the center of the city.

Vehicles have become a popular weapons for jihadis in recent years. More than 100 people have been killed in attacks in Nice, Berlin, Stockholm, Barcelona and New York City since the summer of 2016. (RELATED: Vehicle Terror Attacks Becoming New Normal)

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