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Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station reopens after fire

2017-02-11 HKT 11:09
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  • The station opened at 6am, and service on the Tsuen Wan line also returned to normal. Photo: RTHK
    The station opened at 6am, and service on the Tsuen Wan line also returned to normal. Photo: RTHK
Tsim Sha Tui MTR station reopened on Saturday morning following the previous night’s arson attack. The attack drew a call from one legislator for closed-circuit cameras to be installed in all MTR carriages.

The incident occurred when a man set off a petrol bomb inside one of the train carriages. Ten people including the suspect remain in hospital following the attack. Three of them are in critical condition, three serious while the rest are stable.

The attack occurred shortly after 7pm on Friday as the train arrived in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Police say 60-year-old Cheung Kam-fai tried to throw a petrol bomb inside the carriage shouting "I'll burn you to death". However, he spilt the burning liquid over himself and part of the carriage.

Onlookers and MTR staff put out the flames before firefighters arrived. The man was badly injured and transferred from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

Police have ruled out terrorism and say Cheung - who is reported to have a history of mental illness - carried out the attack for personal reasons.

The chairman of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on railways, Michael Tien, said the MTR Corporation should consider installing CCTV in every car. He said this would enable staff at stations to be ready to take appropriate action before the train arrived.