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Jobless man wounds 4 in knife attack at Taipei MRT station (update)
【Society】2015-07-20  23:15:12
Taipei, July 20 (CNA) A 27-year-old unemployed man wielded a knife in a random attack that wounded four people at the Mass Rapid Transit system's Zhongshan Station Monday, police said.

The man, surnamed Kuo, told police that he committed the crime because he has been jobless for a long time and was "in bad mood," police investigators said.

A witness who identified herself by her family name Chen told CNA that she heard someone yelling, "He has a knife! He has a knife!" before seeing a man bleeding in the left shoulder and other people nearby also wounded.

"I did not see the suspect wielding his knife. I just saw him moving forward as the man near him had already been wounded," Chen added.

All four wounded -- three women and one man -- were hospitalized for knife cuts that were not life threatening.

[The CCTV footage shows the suspect walking down on the escalator on the right, and later being apprehended.]

Mackay Memorial Hospital, which treated all of the four, said they could be discharged from hospital soon since none was in critical condition.

Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen urged the public not to panic as it was an isolated incident and he promised to beef up police patrol at all MRT stations.

A fatal knife attack that also took place in Taipei's MRT system in May last year claimed four lives and 24 injuries. The suspect, Cheng Chieh, was sentenced to death in March this year.

(By Ku Chuan and S.C. Chang)

●July 21: Taipei Metro knife attack prompts increased police patrols
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