Man ar­rested after blaze in HK injures at least 18

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - Global Times

A man was ar­rested after he hurled a fire­bomb on a crowded MTR train in Hong Kong on Fri­day evening, in­jur­ing at least 18 peo­ple, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

The 18 in­jured re­ceived treat­ment on-site or in nearby hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing two in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and five se­verely in­jured. One had been dis­charged, Ra­dio Tele­vi­sion Hong Kong (RTHK) re­ported.

The at­tack hap­pened on the Tsuen Wan Line as the train was pulling into Tsim Sha Tsui sta­tion shortly after 7:00 pm, forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to shut down one of the city’s busiest trans­port in­ter­changes, as the plat­form was turned into a triage zone for shell-shocked vic­tims re­quir­ing first aid, the South China Morn­ing Post (SCMP) re­ported.

Yau Tsim Dis­trict Com­man­der Kwok Pak-chung told the SCMP that a 60-year-old man, Che­ung Kam-Fai, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. He claimed to have started the fire for “per­sonal rea­sons.”

The sus­pect said “burn you to death” be­fore he drew the bot­tle and lit it, a po­lice source told SCMP.

He was also badly in­jured and was trans­ferred from Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal in Jor­dan to Prince of Wales Hospi­tal in Sha Tin – where he was said to be in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the SCMP.

The sus­pect, who is mar­ried and has a son and a daugh­ter, had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with mi­nor of­fences such as gam­bling in the past, the re­port added.

A po­lice source told RTHK that ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed the sus­pect had a poor re­la­tion­ship with his fam­ily and had dis­putes with his wife, and of­fi­cers be­lieve the move was prompted by his per­sonal and fam­ily prob­lems.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether he wanted to at­tack the other pas­sen­gers or tried to set him­self alight.

Videos cir­cu­lat­ing on­line showed chaos on the plat­form at Tsim Sha Tsui sta­tion, with parts of the cabin on fire and one pas­sen­ger lying on the plat­form with his clothes ablaze as by­standers tried to help him, AFP re­ported. Of­fi­cials said over 130 of­fi­cers were on the scene and the op­er­a­tion in­volved 16 fire en­gines and 18 am­bu­lances, RTHK re­ported.

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