Man charged with arson after firebomb attack on Hong Kong metro leaves 19 injured

Published on : Monday, February 13, 2017

firebomb attackA 60 year old man has been charged with arson over a terrifying firebomb attack on an MTR train in Hong Kong on Friday night, which has left 19 people.


One man, Cheung Kam-fai, was arrested following the incident at Tsim Sha Tsui station, during the Friday evening rush hour.


A government spokeswoman said on Sunday that three people, two woman and one man, remained in critical condition with serious burns. They are receiving treatment at the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary hospitals.


Officials said there was no evidence to indicate the fire was a terror attack.


The youngest victim is Audrey Ko, a 15 year old student who suffered burns to her legs. Footage posted on social media showed a chaotic and confused scene at the station.


Tsim Sha Tsui station reopened on Saturday morning. A spokesman for the MTR Corp said it would continue to help police with their investigations on Friday’s attack.


The attack sparked fears about the safety of the city’s railway network, especially after it was revealed that only half of the trains in the fleet had CCTV cameras, with new trains equipped with such systems to be ready by 2018.

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