A taxi driver from Kyrgyzstan is under arrest after he appeared to deliberately drive onto a busy Moscow sidewalk and run down a number of World Cup fans. The incident was caught on video and included below.
In the video, it is clear the driver deliberately serves out of the line of traffic and onto the sidewalk, where at least a dozen people were walking.
Eight people were injured in the attack, with one in serious condition. The others suffered only minor injuries, which seems amazing considering the video shows the victims being viciously hit.
Perhaps the only thing that saved the victims was the taxi was unable to speed up enough to get any momentum when he hit the crowd.
Among those hospitalized are two Mexicans, two Russians, and one Ukrainian.
If it fact it is deliberate, the motive is unclear. As some of the fans were wearing clothing indicating they were fans of the Mexican team, that may have triggered the driver. In addition, Kyrgyzstan is home to a significant Muslim population.
At least one person hit was seen wearing a Mexico kit, with the North American nation due to kick-off their World Cup campaign against Germany in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium tomorrow.
Moscow police said the motorist had a Kyrgyzstan driving licence and that he lost control of the vehicle, although the new footage of him mounting the pavement has raised questions as to whether the act was deliberate.
A man wearing a green and red Mexico top can be seen trying to bang on the window while another person wearing a black top can be seen trying to smash his way into the vehicle to grab the driver.
The driver manages to escape the clutches of both men and escapes on foot, but is quickly followed by an angry mob who try to wrestle him to the ground.
Early reports suggested the driver may have been drunk although they have been dismissed by the Moscow traffic authority.
Here is video of the Moscow taxi attack.
The driver is currently under arrest and being questioned by Moscow authorities.
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