By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese woman was among the injured Friday evening
after a man set a flammable liquid alight on a packed subway train in Hong Kong. 18 passengers were injured in the blaze and a 60-year-old man has been arrested for arson.
The Hong Kong police said the suspect, who was later found to have a history of mental illness, told rescuers as he was being taken to a hospital that he was the one who set the fire.
The blaze was put out by the subway staff and other passengers with fire extinguishers before the fire department arrived at the scene at Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s busiest stations, during the Friday evening rush hour.
The injured included 7 males and 11 females, with three in a critical condition, five others serious, and 10 stable, police said. [FULL STORY]