Train evacuated after suspect bags found in Taiwan

More than 600 passengers were evacuated from a high-speed train bound for Taipei in Taiwan after suspected explosives and triggering devices were found on board, according to police.

"We think they are explosives as they contain liquid that smells like gasoline and some triggering devices, but further testing is required to identify the substance," a police spokesman told AFP.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation said it had alerted police after two unattended bags with a "strong odour" were spotted in a bathroom on the train.

Passengers were evacuated when the train arrived at Taoyuan station near Taipei, and police removed the bags for investigation.

The company said it had not received any threats prior to the incident and added that it was the first time an evacuation was carried out over unidentified objects found on one of its trains.