October 24, 2016

China Police On Lookout For Suspected Arsonist In Deadly Bus Fire

In this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, firefighters work at an accident site of a bus fire in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia region, today (AP Photo)

BEIJING:  Chinese police have launched a manhunt for an arsonist suspected of starting a bus fire that killed 14 people and injured 32 others today, state media reported.

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

Flames engulfed the bus in front of a furniture store in the northern region of Ningxia after 7 am today. The bus was in the region’s Helan county.

Police are searching for Ma Yongping, the suspected arsonist, looking in particular for the three cars he owns, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Police are still investigating and state media did not mention any possible motives.

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