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Failed suicide attempt started Korean tube fire

Wednesday’s fire on the underground railway in Taegu, South Korea, which killed at least 125 people, was begun by a suicidal man who did not want to die alone, the police said yesterday. Kim Dae-han, 56, said to be partly paralysed and to have a history of depression, is alleged to have told investigators that the fire was an attempt to kill himself. “He decided to die with others in a crowded place, rather than die by himself,” Police Lieutenant Cho Doo-won said. Security camera tapes showed him holding a blazing milk carton filled with fuel in a station. He escaped with minor burns. The official death toll yesterday was 125 dead, 146 injured and 305 missing. Full Story

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