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Blast injures 25 on Taiwanese passenger train

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Image:A policeman is seen through the broken windows of a train after an explosion at the Songshan train station in Taipei, Taiwan July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A suspected pipe bomb injured 25 people on a passenger train in the Taiwanese capital late on Thursday, officials said.

The blast shook Taipei’s Songshan station close to midnight and witnesses quoted on Taiwanese television described seeing a man leaving a long black device on the train just before the explosion.

Premier Lin Chuan told Taiwanese television the blast appeared to be a deliberate “act of malice”.

Police and the Taipei fire department said a “steel pipe” was the origin of the blast.

(Reporting by J.R. Wu; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Copyright 2016 Thomson Reuters. Click for Restrictions.

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