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Metro bomb hoaxer nabbed for disturbing public order

THE man who yelled "there is a bomb on the train," a false alarm that sent Metro Line 2 passengers scrambling in panic yesterday, has been detained by police in neighboring Jiangsu Province early this morning for fabricating terrorist information.

Police said the man surnamed Zheng had a fierce dispute with a real estate broker while riding the train around noon yesterday. To get rid of the broker, Zheng suddenly shouted "there is a bomb on the train" and pointed at the broker as the bomb carrier.

Zheng then ran from the rear of the eight-carriage train to the front, alarming other passengers as he ran. More than 50 panicked passengers followed him.

In the stampede, many passengers fell to the floor and were trampled on by others. Some suffered bruises in their hands and legs. Cell phones, transportation cards and handbags were seen scattered on the ground.

Frightened passengers poured out from the train when it pulled into the Nanjing Road W. Station. Zheng, who started the chaos, fled the scene quickly. He was caught by police in Taixing, Jiangsu Province.

Police warned that anyone who fabricates terrorist information to disturb public order will be severely punished. They advised passengers to stay calm and evacuate in an orderly manner when similar accidents occur.


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