China Extradites Two Suspects to Taiwan Over Failed Bombing

China extradited two men to Taiwan on suspicion of planting explosives on a rush-hour bullet train as part of a failed bombing attempt that forced the evacuation of more than 600 passengers.

Lawyer Hu Tsung-hsian and taxi driver Chu Ya-dong were arrested in China’s Guangdong province and sent to Taiwan yesterday, Tseng Chin-chung, an officer in the island’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, said by phone. Both men are from Taiwan.

“Hu admits planting those timed devices due to discontentment with the situation in the society,” Lee Hai-long, lead prosecutor at New Taipei District Prosecutors Office, said by phone, without giving further details. He said the two will be detained for as long as two months pending an investigation.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. halted a train bound for Taipei from the southern city of Kaohsiung on April 12 after suspicious odors led to the discovery of two suitcases containing gasoline, chemicals, a clock and electric wires. The two men are suspected of placing two more suitcases containing hydrochloric acid and sodium cyanide in a legislator’s office, according to the statement.

Hu, the suspected mastermind, declined to disclose his motives, Tseng said. Beverage company Hey Song Corp. said Hu was removed as a board director after the incident, according to a statement yesterday.

(Update with prosecutor comments in third paragraph.)
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