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Chinese man tried for ramming car into students

BEIJING (AP) — A retiree in central China who was upset over a soured real estate deal stood trial this week for killing one student and injuring 11 by purposely ramming a car into them, a local court said.

Ma Gaochao, 60, was charged with endangering public safety, the Nanyang Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province said. It will announce the verdict later.

Ma, a former employee of the Nanyang prosecuting office, was upset that he was unlikely to be repaid money he loaned to a real estate developer and he decided to draw public attention by creating a major incident, the court said.

Ma rammed a car into a crowd of students when a local middle school had a midday break, killing one student and injuring 11 others, the court said.

A string of attacks in China in recent years have involved people troubled by personal problems such as unhappy relationships and unemployment who have targeted students, including kindergartners.

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