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Taipei Metro knife attack leaves officer injured (update)

2016/03/29 17:33:06

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) A police officer with the Taipei Metro system was injured in a knife attack Tuesday, and the perpetrator was subdued on the scene and taken into police custody, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) said.

The incident occurred at 12:20 p.m. at Xinbeitou Station, TRTC said.

The suspect was stopped with the help of a security guard armed with a taser and other officers alerted of the attack, the company said. The security guard happened to be near the crime scene.

The Taipei Metro officer suffered wounds to his head and back and was taken to Taipei Veteran General Hospital for treatment, authorities said. His injuries were not life-threatening, they said.

No one else was injured in the incident and Taipei Metro operations were not affected, the company said.

Taipei police are looking into the motive behind the attack.

When questioned by the police, the unemployed 28-year-old suspect surnamed Chan, who did not have a criminal record, said only that he "hates cops."

The suspect has sought treatment at Taipei City Hospital Songde Branch, a public psychiatric hospital, and has a government-issued disability card, according to the police.

The incident occurred after the injured police officer, identified only by his surname Huang, thought the suspect was acting suspiciously and approached him on the platform asking if he needed help, according to Beitou police.

The suspect only smiled, and the police officer then followed him into a subway car.

When the police officer turned his back to leave the car, the suspect stabbed him repeatedly with a steak knife. The officer tried to defend himself while wrestling the suspect out of the car and back onto the platform, Beitou police said.

The suspect suffered minor injuries and was sent to a hospital for treatment under police escort. He was to be referred to the Shilin District Prosecutors' Office later Tuesday.

(By Huang Li-yun, Jay Chen and Evelyn Kao)