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Greater Taipei mayors vow cooperation in keeping metro users safe
【Society】2014-05-21  21:04:52
Taipei, May 21 (CNA) The mayors of both Taipei and New Taipei pledged Wednesday to ensure that their two cities cooperate in strengthening security on the mass rapid transport system that serves the Greater Taipei area.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and his New Taipei counterpart Eric Chu each made the vow after a university sophomore madly hacked passengers with a 30-cm-long fruit knife on a metro train that was heading west between Longshan Temple Station in Taipei and Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei earlier in the day.

The attack left four people dead and 21 injured as of press time, some of whom were in critical condition.

At a press conference, Hau described the bloody assault as "an unfortunate incident," saying that at present, the top priority is to ensure security and order on the metro.

Taipei will cooperate with the New Taipei city government to establish concrete measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, Hau added.

Meanwhile, Chu said at a separate news conference that he felt regret and sorrow over the knife attack.

Promising reinforced security by the Taipei and New Taipei metro police, Chu said it is important for the relevant authorities to review and improve the existing security meatures.

Also that day, President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Jiang Yi-huah both expressed shock at the killing spree.

According to the New Taipei Public Health Department, among the 25 people killed or injured in the attack, nine are male and 16 female.

The assailant, who was arrested by police and metro staff soon after the attack, was identified as Cheng Chieh, a sophomore at Tunghai University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Without showing any signs of remorse on his face, Cheng disclosed to police that he had dreamed of "doing something big, something like killing people on the metro" since he was in elementary school, according to New Taipei City Police Department Commissioner Chen Kuo-en.

Cheng has a younger brother and his parents are both white-collar workers. The family resides close to the Jiangzicui MRT Station, police said.

(By Sunrise Huang, Wang Hung-kuo, Liu Chien-pang and Elizabeth Hsu)

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