Taxi driver being questioned after injuring 8 near Red Square

An ambulance next to the damaged taxi in Moscow

The Mexican national soccer teams plays against Germany on Sunday in Moscow.

Police initially said eight were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.

Pictures on social media show a taxi with its front bumper completely ripped off, and several ambulances at the scene.

The driver said he had mistaken the gas pedal for brakes when he wanted to let a pedestrian cross the road.

Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said that he would be monitoring the incident personally and tweeted that the driver had simply "lost control of his car".

One witness is not convinced it was an accident, though.

His taxi was dodging in and out of traffic when it suddenly mounted the pavement and accelerated into the pedestrians.

Authorities believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

"I have the feeling that he did it deliberately because he was in the traffic jam with the cars going really slowly", said Viktoria Geranovich.

A court will hold a sentencing hearing on Monday, TASS reported. Authorities have vowed a safe event, and any security incidents involving fans could jeopardize Russia's efforts.

Authorities have installed large concrete blocks at the entrance to pedestrianised areas in major cities after a series of vehicle-based terror attacks in European cities.

The driver, who is believed to have had a Kyrgyzstan driving licence, attempted to flee but has now been detained by officers.

On Friday, the US State Department warned Americans against traveling to Russian Federation due to possible terror threats.

Whatever the real cause behind this "unpleasant incident" is, the truth is that Islamist terror will not go away by pretending that it doesn't exist.

"We're not scared but disappointed", said Youseff Fraige, 27, from Monterrey, Mexico.

The crash occurred near Gostiny Dvor, where visitors have gathered amid World Cup festivities.

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