Taiwan police locks down suspect after train blast in Taipei

The motive behind the Taipei train blast is unclear and the police are still investigating whether the suspect had any accomplices.

AFP July 08, 2016 20:22:25 IST
Taiwan police locks down suspect after train blast in Taipei

Taipei: Taiwan police said Friday they suspected a 55-year-old man of setting off a pipe bomb on a train in Taipei, injuring 25.

The blast, which occurred late Thursday as the train was pulling into a station, was earlier ruled out as a terrorist attack but left many passengers suffering burns and five were initially reported as in critical condition.

The suspect surnamed Lin is among those severely injured and is currently in the hospital, according to the National Police Agency.

Taiwan police locks down suspect after train blast in Taipei

Representational image. Reuters

"But as he suffered serious injuries... he is unable to speak, so we are not yet able to make further interrogations," Wang Pao-chang, head of the agency's Taipei branch, told reporters.

Lin's motive remains unclear and the police are still investigating whether he had any accomplices, Wang added.

DNA on a red canvas bag found in the carriage's toilet matched that of the suspect, whose clothing and shoes were also marked with gunpowder, according to a police statement.

Two passengers in the carriage recalled that the explosion happened after a middle-aged man made a pulling motion with a tube-shaped object, it added.

Premier Lin Chuan said the blast was caused by someone with "malicious intent".

Police said a 47-centimetre steel pipe filled with explosive material appeared to be the cause of the blast, which Wang said was a "roughly made" improvised explosive.

Local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying they had seen a man carry a black rectangle-shaped object onto the train.

Images from inside the train carriage showed shattered glass on the floor and part of a side wall blackened by flames.

Passengers rushed off the train once it reached the station.

"I saw fire from the lights and I heard a sound and my hair was on fire," one woman told a local news channel.

The last major attack on Taipei's public transit was when a college student killed four people in a stabbing spree in 2014 on the metro, shocking the island and prompting a security overhaul.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

New Delhi, Hyderabad drop 18 positions in Global Smart City Index; Singapore tops
World

New Delhi, Hyderabad drop 18 positions in Global Smart City Index; Singapore tops

Among other Indian cities, Bengaluru and Mumbai were degraded as well where respondents said city administration needs to focus on the problem of air pollution

US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan for first time in 40 years; strongly oppose this, says China
World

US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan for first time in 40 years; strongly oppose this, says China

Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, is visiting to attend a memorial service for late president Lee Teng-hui on Saturday

'Completely untrue': Taiwan dismisses reports of shooting down Chinese Sukhoi fighter jet
World

'Completely untrue': Taiwan dismisses reports of shooting down Chinese Sukhoi fighter jet

The statement was in response to unverified videos circulating on social media of a Chinese Su-35 aircraft being shot down in Guanxi province in China.