Suspect held over mass poisoning in China


Police have arrested a man suspected of putting rat poison in food that may have killed dozens of people in eastern China.

The man was caught early on Sunday aboard a train in the city of Shangqiu. He was found after police put out an alert that he was wanted on murder charges and was fleeing aboard a train.

The poisonings occurred around 250 miles away in Nanjing, effecting over 200 people, according to state media. Police have given no information about a possible motive.

Authorities have refused to release a death toll, but news reports suggest dozens might be dead, including students at a nearby school.

A Hong Kong newspaper claims the suspect is a cousin of the snack shop owner thought to be at the centre of the incident and that he put poison in its food out of jealousy at his relative's success.