Man on train sets himself on fire in Hong Kong, injuring at least 13

Man on train sets himself on fire in Hong Kong, injuring at least 13

A man started a fire on a train in Hong Kong

Friday, February 10, 2017

A man has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire on a train at Tsim Sha Tsui station in Hong Kong on Friday (February 10).

At least 13 people were injured in the incident, including the suspect who is having surgery for his injuries, Channel News Asia reported.

The man, who is 60 years old, admitted to police that he set fire to himself, according to local reports.

Investigators claim that it is likely he had personal reasons for the act. It is believed to be an isolated incident that is not linked to terrorism.

The fire started in the front carriage of the train at around 7pm local time (11am GMT), when the train was halfway between Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui station.

A video posted on social media shows a man lying on the platform with his trousers are on fire, whilst the public attempt to put it out.

Tsim Sha Tsui station was still closed at around 9pm local time, and police officers with bomb disposal equipment were seen going on the platform.

The video posted online can be seen below. Warning: Contains graphic content.


*GRAPHIC VIDEO* Video circulating online shows man on fire at Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui station #MTRFire

— Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) February 10, 2017