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Explosion on Taiwan train injures 21 people

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An explosion engulfed a Taiwanese commuter train car in flames late Thursday, injuring 21 people, some of them seriously, Taiwan’s official news agency said.

Taiwanese police said they suspected the blast in the capital of Taipei was caused by an explosive in the train car, the island’s Central News Agency reported.

The explosive appeared to be 15 to 20 centimeters (6-8 inches) long and looked like a firecracker, the news agency said, citing the director of Taiwan’s National Police Agency, Chen Kuo-en.

Police bomb squad chief Lee Tzu-wen told local television networks that investigators found “a 15 centimeter-long, broken metal tube stuffed with explosive material inside a black backpack” that they believed caused the blast.

An injured man is helped by emergency rescue workers after an explosion on a passenger train in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. TTaiwan's official news agency says an explosion that engulfed a commuter train car in flames has injured a number of people, some of them seriously. (AP Photo/Jerry Chen)
An injured man is helped by emergency rescue workers after an explosion on a passenger train in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. TTaiwan’s official news agency says an explosion that engulfed a commuter train car in flames has injured a number of people, some of them seriously. (AP Photo/Jerry Chen)

The self-ruled island’s premier, Lin Chuan, ordered government agencies to form a team to investigate the blast, the Central News Agency said.

“It looks like someone did it on purpose,” Lin told journalists. “We will make our best efforts to investigate this case. Please rest assured that we will provide effective and efficient security for all passengers.”

Reports cited witnesses as saying they heard a loud explosion before the train carriage burst into flames.

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