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Taiwan Blast Wounds 25 on Commuter Train


An injured man is helped by emergency rescue workers after an explosion on a passenger train in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Authorities in Taiwan say an explosion and fire on a commuter train late Thursday has wounded 25 passengers, some seriously.

At a Friday press conference, Taiwan police say what appears to be a pipe bomb exploded on one of the train cars near Taipei Songshan station, setting off a blaze that firefighters extinguished within minutes.

Police say they have arrested a suspect, Lin Wen-Chang, 55, of Taipei, whom they have yet to question. Lin, who was seriously injured in the bombing, remains comatose in the intensive care unit of Taipei hospital.

Police have ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack and say on-site DNA samples, fingerprints, eyewitness testimony and security camera footage helped to identify Lin. There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident.

Police also say Lin was a passenger and left red backpack full of explosives in the bathroom of the train car.

VOA Mandarin Service correspondent Lin Feng contributed reporting from Taipei.

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