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Petitioner identified as Xiamen bus arsonist

By Liu Dong Source:Global Times Published: 2013-6-9 0:53:01

Investigators work inside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to

Investigators work inside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to "vent personal grievances" had died in the blaze, local authorities said Saturday. Chen Shuizong, born in 1954 and a native of Xiamen, was identified as the arsonist of the fire. Photo: Xinhua


 
Police said on Saturday that they had identified the man responsible for a fatal bus fire accident which claimed the lives of 47 people on Friday in Xiamen, Fujian Province, the China Central Television (CCTV) reported Saturday.

Police confirmed after investigations that 59-year-old local man Chen Shuizong, who died at the scene, lit the bus on fire. Police also found Chen's will at his home on Saturday morning, CCTV reported.

Police said Chen committed the crime due to a negative attitude and dissatisfaction with his personal life.   

Several screenshots of a video circulating on Weibo Saturday, which couldn't be verified as of press time, showed a man who was said to be Chen, dragging a plastic bag and walking on the street.   

A Tencent Weibo post under Chen's name appeared Thursday evening complaining that he was not able to receive social security insurance because police made an error when recording his age, then they didn't treat his problem seriously.

"I have been to the police station 56 times but they still haven't solved my problem," Chen wrote.

Chen's claims could not be verified as of press time. Chen Shilong, Chen Shuizong's brother, told the Guangzhou-based Nanfang Daily that Chen had attempted petitions in the past, and added that Chen had a bad temper and was often involved in disputes with his neighbors.

The fire occurred at about 6:20 pm on Friday on a BRT (bus rapid transit) bus in Xiamen, killing 47 and leaving 34 hospitalized as of Saturday, with 15 seriously injured.



Investigators work inside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to

Investigators work inside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to "vent personal grievances" had died in the blaze, local authorities said Saturday. Chen Shuizong, born in 1954 and a native of Xiamen, was identified as the arsonist of the fire. Photo: Xinhua


 


An investigator works outside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to

An investigator works outside the debris of a burned bus in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, early June 8, 2013. The bus fire happening in Xiamen on Friday evening has claimed 47 lives and hospitalized 34 passgengers. An old man who allegedly set fire to the crowded bus to "vent personal grievances" had died in the blaze, local authorities said Saturday. Chen Shuizong, born in 1954 and a native of Xiamen, was identified as the arsonist of the fire. Photo: Xinhua


 
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