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Man charged with arson over MTR attack; 9 remain in hospital, 3 in a critical condition

A 60-year-old man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire on an MTR train on Friday which injured 19 people.

His case will be mentioned at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Monday, though police say he will not attend.

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The charred MTR carriage where the incident took places. Photo: StandNews.

Nine of the injured remain in hospital and three are in a critical condition, according to Health Secretary Ko Wing-man.

The suspect – who allegedly poured flammable liquid onto himself before setting it alight – had a history of mental illness and did not show up to his latest appointment to receive treatment.

Ko told reporters on Sunday that the government “attaches great importance to the provision of mental health services to these patients. We have actually since 2013 conducted a review on mental health services of Hong Kong.”

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Police at the scene on Friday. Photo: Catherine Lai/HKFP.

The MTR Corporation has formed an investigation panel. Operations Director Adi Lau Tin-shing said that trains fitted with CCTV would be rolled out by 2018 at the earliest.

Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station reopened on Saturday following the incident.

Man charged with arson over MTR attack; 9 remain in hospital, 3 in a critical condition