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Japan train passengers die after one set himself on fire

5:28am EDT - 00:52

Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one covered himself in fuel and set himself ablaze, according to media reports. Paul Chapman reports.

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Witnesses say the fire aboard this Japanese high speed bullet train started when a man doused himself in fuel and set himself alight. Japanese TV channel NHK said a female passenger also died. This man says he saw flames coming from the first carriage. Smoke is clearly visible some time after the event. Another passenger says the man who set himself on fire was carrying a container of petrol which he sprayed onto the train seats before igniting the fuel. There was no immediate indication of the man's motive. After the initial response and checks by emergency crews the train was moved to the nearest station for the remaining passengers to get off.

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Japan train passengers die after one set himself on fire

5:28am EDT - 00:52