Fourteen individuals were burned to death and 32 injured after a public bus went up in flames in a suspected arson attack in China, state media said.
A suspect has been identified by police in the episode, according to a post on a verified social networking report of state broadcaster CCTV.
The broadcaster posted pictures of the 33-year-old man and private identifying information, including that authorities were “investigating and pursuing” him for his part in “a serious offense”. It did not give any indication of a possible reason.
Previously, officials in Yinchuan, the capital of the distant Ningxia region where the episode happened, said merely that the bus had “unexpectedly caught fire” near a public square.
Images of the episode posted online revealed the bus entirely engulfed in flames along with a brief video of cops in yellow rain jackets collecting around the car ‘s smoking, charred remains.
A total of 32 individuals were being treated in hospital, in accordance with CCTV, with eight suffering from “serious injuries”.
In past years, there have been several cases of assaults on Chinese public transportation, particularly buses.
In 2013 a suicidal guy started a fire on a bus in eastern China that killed 47 people including himself, state media said.