Bus fire in China kills 17 people and injures 32

Bus fire in China kills 17 people and injures 32
In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, firefighters work at an accident site of a bus fire in Yinchuan. Picture: Li Ran/Xinhua News Agency via AP

A Chinese man upset over a financial dispute set fire to a moving bus and fled as the flames trapped people inside, killing 17 of them and injuring 32, authorities said.

Several hours later police caught 33-year-old Ma Yongping on a construction site in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia region, the regional government’s news office said.

State media reported the suspect was upset over a financial dispute with a subcontractor on a settlement project.

The man carried two buckets of petrol on to the bus, ignited them with a lighter and escaped from the window on the bus driver’s side, state media said.

The state broadcaster CCTV said the suspect surrendered after a four-hour stand-off with police.

The government said firefighters put out the flames in five minutes and that eight of the injured were in critical condition.

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