Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:20PM
The photo shows people at a market in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
The photo shows people at a market in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

A minivan has plowed into a market near the Chinese capital, Beijing, killing four people.

Police said on Wednesday that the incident occurred at about 3:00 p.m. local time in Changping, a rural area north of Beijing.

The marketplace is frequented by farmers.

"People inside the market were struck, causing four deaths and different degrees of injury to many people," said a statement on the local police's verified social media account.

Reports said the injured were transferred to a hospital in the capital.

Police did not elaborate on whether the incident was related to terrorism but said the driver had been arrested.

There were concerns that the crash could be intentional, especially as it came two days after a truck rammed into a crowd at a Christmas market in the German capital, Berlin. Twelve people were killed in the attack, which was claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.