9 foreigners among those hurt in Melbourne after driver ploughs into crowd

Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver ploughed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday. Police have said that a 32-year-old Australian man, originally from Afghanistan, drove a car into Christmas shoppers on one of the busiest roads in the country’s second-largest city on Thursday. It has been reported that the suspect “had a history of mental illness.” Turnbull said that nine of the victims were foreign nationals, Reuters reports. He did not specify their nationalities, but Australian media reported that they included people from China, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea and Venezuela.

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