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Scores hurt in Taiwan train blast

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A suspected pipe bomb that injured 25 passengers on a train in Taiwan was a homemade explosive device and unlikely to be part of a terror-related plot, a police official said on Friday.

The explosion, decried on television by Premier Lin Chuan as appearing to be a deliberate “act of malice”, happened just before the train entered a station in Taipei, the capital, late on Thursday.

Television broadcast images of people with bandages on their burned limbs and faces being taken to hospital. “Our initial investigation has ruled out terror,” Wang Bao-chang of Taiwan’s National Police Agency told a news conference, adding there had been no claim of responsibility and no information to justify suspicion of a terrorist attack.

Authorities are hunting for more than one suspect, among them a man wearing black clothes and aged around 40, who was glimpsed by witnesses just minutes before the blast, Wang said.

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