The local police confirmed that it was a case of arson started by one of the passengers identified as one Cheung. Police have apprehended the man.
The suspect started fire as the train was about to arrive at Tsim Sha Tsui station, around 7:15 pm.
Firebomb attack on Hong Kong subway
Suspect could be mentally disturbed
The 60-year old suspect who admitted to have started the fire is understood to be mentally ill as per the details provided by the police. The police also said there was no evidence to suggest that it was an act of terrorism.
10 Feb 2017
Tsim Sha Sui Station closed after the incident
Following the fire incident, passengers on the train were evacuated and according to the Mass Transit Railway, the company that runs the underground train system, Tsim Sha Sui station was closed immediately.
Employees and commuters helped put out the fire after the train arrived at Tsim Sha Sui.
The injured were carried to five different public hospitals for treatment.
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Footage shows man burning
Video footage shared by social media users showed a man lying on the floor with his legs on fire.
Of the 17 injured people, two were in critical condition, five were in serious condition, and nine were stable, and one was released.
The last major fire attack on Hong Kong metro took place in Jan 2004 when 14 people were injured.