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China reportedly detains suspect over fatal bus blaze

Chinese police detained a man on Wednesday on suspicion of setting a bus on fire in a blaze that left two people dead and 32 injured, state media reported.

BEIJING: Chinese police detained a man on Wednesday on suspicion of setting a bus on fire in a blaze that left two people dead and 32 injured, state media reported.

The bus caught fire after an explosion on board late Tuesday in Guangzhou, capital of the southern province of Guangdong, the Xinhua news agency said, citing police officials.

Two people were killed and 32 hospitalised, eight of them in critical condition, it said.

Police detained the suspect, identified only by his surname Ou, on Wednesday morning, the report said, adding the 25-year-old from Hunan province had confessed.

Xinhua did not give any details of a possible motive.

Previous arson attacks on buses in China have been blamed on disgruntled individuals targeting ordinary people to vent their pent-up frustrations and anger over being denied access to justice.

Earlier this month, a 34-year-old man was detained on suspicion of setting fire to a bus packed with tourists in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, injuring 32 people.

In May, a man who was detained briefly by police in 2007 torched a bus in Yibin in Sichuan, killing himself and seriously injuring 12 others.

In June last year, an arsonist who wanted to "vent personal grievances" caused a horrific bus blaze in Xiamen in Fujian, killing 47 people and himself.

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