Commuter train explosion injures 24 people in Taipei

  08 July 2016    Read: 1033
Commuter train explosion injures 24 people in Taipei
An explosion on a commuter train injured 24 people, some seriously, according to police in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital.
A train car burst into flames from the blast at a station on Thursday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

The explosive appeared to be 15-20cm long and looked like a firecracker, the news agency said, citing the director of Taiwan’s national police, Chen Kuo-en.

Police bomb squad chief Lee Tzu-wen said investigators found “a 15cm-long broken metal tube stuffed with explosive material inside a black backpack” that they believed caused the blast.

Taiwan’s premier, Lin Chuan, ordered government agencies to form a team to investigate the blast, the Central News Agency said.

“It looks like someone did it on purpose,” Lin told journalists. “We will make our best efforts to investigate this case. Please rest assured that we will provide effective and efficient security for all passengers.”

Reports cited witnesses as saying they heard a loud explosion before the train carriage burst into flames.

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