Taiwan train-scare suspects detained

AFP-JIJI

Two Taiwanese men have been detained on suspicion of planting suitcases containing petrol and cyanide on a high-speed train and in a politician’s office last week, court officials said Wednesday.

The men, identified only by their family names of Hu and Chu, were interrogated Tuesday, said Fan Chi-kang, a spokesman for the New Taipei District Court.

Prosecutors said that Hu had admitted making and planting the crude devices “out of frustration over society” while Chu had confessed to acquiring a vehicle and helping plant the suitcases in the two locations.

The pair could face charges of attempted murder, which is punishable by a minimum 10-year prison term, as well as manufacturing explosives and endangering public safety, Fan said. It was not known when they might be charged.