January 5, 2016 / 6:29 AM / 2 years ago

Suspected arsonist held in China after bus fire kills 17

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police arrested a man suspected of starting a bus fire on Tuesday that killed 17 people, state media reported.

A bus catches a fire on a street in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Bus fires are not uncommon in China, where regulators have blamed some recent blazes on flawed auto design. In 2013, a bus fire blamed on a suicidal man killed 47 in the coastal city of Xiamen.

Flames engulfed the bus in front of a furniture store in the northern region of Ningxia. Thirty-two people were injured.

Police “surrounded and seized” the suspected arsonist after launching a manhunt, the official People’s Daily said via its microblog.

Police in the country of Helan were investigating the blaze. State media did not mention any possible motives.

Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Nick Macfie

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