30 Jun '15, 10pm

Two dead in Japan bullet train suicide - The Straits Times

TOKYO • Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one of them set himself ablaze, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record. The motive for the incident was not immediately clear, but it left 26 others injured after the man sprayed himself in flammable liquid and sparked a cigarette lighter at the front of the train as it hurtled through the countryside around 70km south-west of Tokyo. The train, which was travelling from Tokyo to the western city of Osaka, had about 1,000 passengers. It made an emergency stop after smoke filled at least one carriage. SHOCKING SCENE This person had a whole petrol container and (he) sprayed liquid across the seats... and then all over himself. Then he set himself on fire. Fire spread all over the place immediately. A WOMAN PASSENGER, who told broadcaster TBS about the man who set himself ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/two-dead-in-ja...

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