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Bus Fire Kills 47 In China


Smoke and fire can be seen pouring from a bus in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

Smoke and fire can be seen pouring from a bus in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

A fire on a bus in southeastern China has killed 47 people and is being investigated as a "serious criminal case."

The official Xinhua news agency said the bus caught fire during rush hour on June 7 in the coastal city of Xiamen.

A total of 34 people were admitted to hospital.

Xiamen police said on their official microblog that a suspect had been identified and that the case had achieved "a breakthrough development." They did not elaborate.

Earlier this week, a fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in northeastern China killed 120 people.

Authorities said safety management at the plant was a "total mess" and have detained two senior executives.


Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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