A car has crashed into a Muslim clothing shop in Sydney, leaving at 12 people injured.
Local emergency services said 11 pedestrians and the male driver were being treated at the scene of Hijab House in Greenacre, on the corner of Waterloo and Boronia roads.
The incident took place shortly after 3pm on Thursday. Footage circulating online shows an SUV revving its engine at a set of traffic lights and ramming into the back of a car before accelerating across an intersection into the store.
New South Wales Police said in a statement: “The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured. They are currently being treated at the scene; however, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.”
Fire and Rescue NSW said its force had responded to the incident and reported that there was a “person currently trapped inside the car”.
Australian media reports said a number of victims were carried out of the store on a stretcher, before being treated and transported to hospital.
Riot police have also reportedly been called in to the scene, while officers from Bankstown Police Area Command are currently conducting inquiries in the local area.
“I saw a lot of smoke and heard a beeping horn”, John Makhlouf, who owns a nearby petrol station, told ABC News. ”One car got pushed out of the way and the other car went straight into the shop and crashed and you could hear the horn constantly beeping.
“It’s very lucky there was no one standing on the corner or crossing at the lights because they would have been hit.”
Police have blocked off Boronia Road between Waterloo Road and Noble Avenue, while Waterloo Road is closed northbound.
Drivers and pedestrians are being advised to avoid the area.