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Woman killed and 22 injured as car hits Times Square crowd

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    A woman is dead and 22 other people injured after a car sped on to a pavement in New York City's Times Square, the fire department says.

    The 26-year-old driver, a US Navy veteran and US citizen, is in custody.

    "There is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    The maroon Honda jumped the kerb and travelled for three blocks before crashing.

    Photos showed the sedan partially on its side on the pavement with smoke and flames spewing from the bonnet.

    The crash follows recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice.

    he FBI is investigating the incident at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue, but so far officials say there is no terror link.

    NYPD said the suspect, Richard Rojas, is a Bronx resident who was arrested in 2008 and 2015 for drunk driving.

    Scenes of chaos - Nada Tawfik, BBC News, New York
    It's a scene that immediately makes New Yorkers fear the worst.

    A car driving out of control and ploughing into pedestrians in Times Square, the main tourist site of all places. Eyewitnesses have described scenes of initial chaos - people running and screaming.

    It's doesn't sound like an accident given the deadly, and similar incidents overseas committed by alleged Islamic State group sympathisers. But the New York police department believes this is not terror related.

    Still, they are reinforcing key sites in New York out of an abundance of caution, and more likely, to reassure New Yorkers.

    "It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation," the New York Police Department said on Twitter.

    City authorities said they would nevertheless deploy extra police from anti-terror units to key locations around the city as a precaution.

    The vehicle jumped the kerb at 45th Street and Broadway at 1155 local time (1655 GMT) and drove at high speed before crashing into a pole.
     
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