Subway Fire / Arson Attack:
Taegu, South Korea 2003 February 18th 10:00 a.m.:
A man in his 40s dressed in a tracksuit allegedly set fire to a
plastic milk carton containing
a flammable liquid and threw it inside the subway train. Witnesses
stated that other passengers had tried in vain to stop the suspect
from starting the fire.
The arsonist, who
survived the incident, is described as having a history of mental
illness. A second train was stopped at the same station and not
immediately evacuated. As many as 600 passengers were reported to have
been aboard both trains; 198 people died and nearly 150 were injured
in the blaze.