China Arsonist Angered By Financial Dispute Before Bus Fire: Report

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China Arsonist Angered By Financial Dispute Before Bus Fire: Report

Firefighters are seen working inside a burnt bus after a fire on a street in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, on January 5, 2016. (Reuters)

Beijing:  A man accused of causing a fire on a bus that killed 17 people and injured 33 in China last week told prosecutors that he was angered by a financial dispute with a construction contractor, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday.

Police caught the suspect after mounting a manhunt in the northern region of Ningxia last week, but initially did not identify a possible motive for the arson attack.

Bus fires are not uncommon in China. In 2013, a bus fire blamed on a suicidal man killed 47 people in the coastal city of Xiamen. Regulators have blamed some recent blazes on flawed auto design.

 
© Thomson Reuters 2016


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