Blast injures 25 on Taiwan passenger train


TAIWAN: (Web Desk)- A suspected pipe bomb that injured 25 passengers on a train in Taiwan was a homemade explosive device and unlikely to be part of a terror-related plot, a police official said on Friday.

The explosion, decried on television by Premier Lin Chuan as appearing to be a deliberate “act of malice”, happened just before the train entered a station in Taipei, the capital, late on Thursday. Television broadcast images of people with bandages on their burned limbs and faces being taken to hospital.

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“Our initial investigation has ruled out terror,” Wang Bao-chang of Taiwan’s National Police Agency told a news conference, adding there had been no claim of responsibility and no information to justify suspicion of a terrorist attack.

Authorities are hunting for more than one suspect, among them a man wearing black clothes and aged around 40, who was glimpsed by witnesses just minutes before the blast, Wang said.

The explosive device was a steel tube 47 cm long filled with pyrotechnic gunpowder, Wang added, as he displayed a picture of remnants of a black tube, with gray duct tape stuck on it, that investigators had found at the site.

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It was unclear how the device was set off, he added, but a long red bag used to carry climbing equipment was found in the bathroom of a train car and may have been used to transport the device.


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