Four people were injured in a random Taiwan subway stabbing attack in downtown Taipei on Monday at 9 pm.
The attack took place on an escalator at subway’s Zhongshan Station that left three women and a man with knife wounds. The recent violent attack came over a year after a stabbing spell killed four and more than 20 injured.
The victims, wounded by an unemployed man with the kitchen knife, were rushed to nearby Mackay Memorial Hospital.
Eye witnesses at the MRT started screaming and shouting: “Someone has a knife!” local media reported.
Police has taken into custody the 27-year-old male surnamed Kuo over Monday night’s attack. The suspect is being investigated on charges of attempted manslaughter and theft – the knife stolen from a shop.
During the initial investigation, the suspect said he acted in such fashion because he had been jobless for a long time and was in a “bad mood.”
“He lives with his aunt who he had a fight with last week, and he had been sleeping in a park since. He’s unemployed and stabbed using a stole kitchen knife,” Chang Chin-an, chief of Tatung district police.
The attack came after Cheng Chieh, 22-year-old former college student, was handed over a death penalty for a stabbing spree on a subway carriage in May 2014, bloodiest incident in the MRT’s history.
In the wake of recent stabbing incident, Taipei’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems has beefed up patrols at the MRT stations and asked the public not to panic.
The authorities are concerned to focus patrols in areas where young passengers are more concentrated.
The National Police Agency (NPA) also demanded the local police to strengthen security at public places including parks, cinemas, shopping malls and university campuses. Image/focustaiwan.tw