An explosion ripped through a Taipei commuter train on Thursday night leaving 25 people injured, some of them severely.
The explosion went off at around 10 p.m. near Songshan Station inside the train’s sixth carriage. Following the explosion, the carriage went up in flames, but those flames were quickly extinguished, China Post reports.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. It is suspected that the explosion was not a technical error. Wang Bao-chang of Taiwan’s National Police Agency said at a press conference that a steel tube 47 cm long filled with pyrotechnic gunpowder had been found at the site. Wang said it wasn’t clear how the device had been transported into the train, though a red bag had been found in a bathroom on the train.
On Facebook, the TRA reassured distressed commuters that tighter restrictions would be implemented at all transport hubs, such as railways and airports. The number of security personnel is being increased in public areas.
Taiwan’s Premier Lin Chuan commented that the incident was intentional. “It looks like somebody did this with malicious intent and we will fully investigate this case,” he said, according to Channel NewsAsia.
Wang said that their initial investigation had ruled out terror. Instead, authorities were hunting for one suspect, described as in his forties and wearing black clothes, who was glimpsed by witnesses just prior to the attack.
This afternoon, authorities announced that they had arrested a 55-year-old man surnamed Lin in connection with the explosion, Apple Daily reports. Police are currently interrogating Lin.
By Robin Winship
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