Explosion on commuter train injures 24 in Taiwan

Taiwan train blast

The blast at around 10 pm (1400 GMT) caused a small fire and plunged the carriage into darkness as the train was pulling into a station in Taipei.

Among the 25 victims, three sustained serious injuries – with one in a critical condition. Taipei fire officials reported an explosion in a train at around 10 PM on Thursday night.

A local newspaper has reported that witnesses saw a man in his 40s walk inside the carriage, put down a tube-like object and exit the train.

TAIWAN police on Friday said a train explosion that left 25 injured late Thursday was a sporadic criminal case rather than a terror attack.

The explosion unfolded near Songshan Station in Taipei, the country’s capital city.

The self-ruled island’s premier, Lin Chuan, has ordered all the government agencies to form a team to investigate the blast.

Police say they have arrested a suspect, Lin Wen-Chang, 55, of Taipei, whom they have yet to question.

“We are still investigating the suspect’s motive”, the officer said.

“We are now conducting a full investigation”, the national police’s Taipei chief Wang Pao-chang said in a statement.

Passengers rushed off the train once it reached the station, many of them suffering from burns.

Police told local media they found a broken tube with explosive material inside that looked like a firecracker.

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