Taiwan: Blast in Taipei train injures 21

Just before 10 pm local time in Taipei there was a loud bang in the sixth carriage of a commuter train, which then quickly became engulfed in flames.

IANS July 07, 2016 22:48:24 IST
Taiwan: Blast in Taipei train injures 21

Taipei: At least 21 people were injured in an explosion inside a train carriage in Taipei on Thursday night, RT.com reported.

A local TV news channel reported that just before 10 pm local time there was a loud bang in the sixth carriage of a crowded commuter train, which then quickly became engulfed in flames. The Straits Times and several other local media said there were three explosions.

A local newspaper cited eyewitnesses as saying that they saw a man in his 40s walk inside the carriage, put down a 15-20 cm tube-like object and quickly exit the train.

National Police Agency Director General Chen Kuo-en has confirmed that the explosion was likely caused by a "firecracker-like device".

However, police refused to call the incident a terrorist attack.

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