Commuter train explosion injures 24 people in Taipei
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.