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Suspect emerges in train explosion

Suspect emerges in train explosion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 55-year-old man too injured to speak emerged as the prime suspect in the Taipei Songshan station train explosion, reports said Friday.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, an explosion on a train approaching Songshan station after a journey from Hsinchu City injured 25 passengers, including a young man who was listed in critical condition.
On Friday afternoon, reports emerged that another heavily injured man had been identified as a suspect due to DNA material found near a bag left inside the train toilets.
The man was staying at the intensive care unit at the Taipei Medical University Hospital with severe injuries to the front of his body, which was a reason why investigators suspected him early on, reports said. The type of crude home-made explosive which triggered the blast needed to be operated at close quarters, which was thought to explain why the suspect also suffered injuries.
Eye witnesses had not seen anyone else leaving the scene shortly before the explosion, leading police to believe that he was the prime suspect, reports said.
Since the man had been staying in intensive care, it had been impossible to question him so far, reports said. According to the media, investigators were still considering the possibility that he had not been acting alone.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office had sent a prosecutor to the hospital to question him Friday afternoon, reports said.