At least five people died and 38 others were injured when a car crashed and erupted into flames in front of the Tiananmen rostrum in Beijing on Monday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday. It is the most serious incident in the Tiananmen area in recent years, the report said. The dead include a female tourist from the Philippines, while three other Philippine tourists and a Japanese tourist were among those injured. One unnamed eyewitness told Agence France-Presse that there was an explosion, the BBC reported late Monday. Rumors were spreading that the crash may have been a suicide attack by petitioners from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a report on Boxun.com Tuesday morning. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she did not know the specifics of the case and declined to comment further, the BBC said.
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