Suspect released in Xiamen bus fire


A man suspected of setting fire on a crowded bus in southeast China’s Xiamen city on Friday evening has been confirmed dead in the blaze, the Xiamen city government said Saturday.

Chen Shuizong, born in 1954 and a native of Xiamen, was identified as the arsonist of the fire, which claimed 47 lives and injured 34 others, the information office of the municipal government said in a statement.

The statement said that an investigation and DNA evidence found that Chen was the suspect.

Xiamen police found notes in the suspect’s house, which showed that Chen was unhappy and pessimistic about his life, and planned the arson to vent personal grievances.

A BRT (bus rapid transit) bus was set on fire near the Jinshan bus stop in the city of Xiamen at about 18:20 Friday.

All the 34 injured people are now receiving proper medical treatment in two hospitals and most are in stable condition, according to doctors.

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