Bomb Found On Train: 600 People Evacuated In Taiwan; How Was The Bomb Discovered?

By Staff Reporter on April 12, 2013 3:38 PM EDT

Taiwan high speed train
Two suitcases filled with gasoline and an armed detonator was discovered in a train car bathroom. 600 passengers were evacuated. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Taiwanese high speed train
A bomb in two suitcases was found in the bathroom of Taiwan's high speed train. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A bomb was found on a train headed for Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday. Approximately 600 passengers were ordered to evacuate the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. train at the Taoyuan station as first responders rushed to assess the situation.

According to reports from the Washington Times, a passenger had discovered the bomb inside suitcases that were left in a train car's bathroom. In fact, a number of witnesses that were assigned in the train car also smelled gas coming from the bathroom stall.

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"The high speed train I rode today stopped in Taoyuan for a long time and I thought it was a mechanical failure but later heard that there were gasoline bombs on the train," one passenger explained.

The Taiwanese bomb squad and investigators examined the two suitcases to find filled canisters filled with five liters of gasoline and an armed detonator. Thankfully, the bomb did not go off.

According to the Railway Police Bureau, a specialized team has been assigned to understand the incident, screening passenger lists and going through hours of recorded video from closed circuit cameras in hopes to find a lead.

"We have started necessary investigative work such as screening passenger lists and surveillance camera footage for possible suspects. We don't have further leads at this moment," said a source from the police department.

According to authorities, a previous incident involved explosives found in a suitcase left inside the building of a lawmaker's office. Given the similarities of the explosive device and its means of disguise, officials suspect a possible link between the two events. However, officials have yet to confirm any connection.

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