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MRT stabbing spree highlights need for caring society: official
【Health】2015-07-21  20:55:17
Taipei, July 21 (CNA) A Taipei City government official said Tuesday that it requires the vigilance of a caring society to reduce the risk of incidents like the knife attack that occurred Monday night at Zhongshan Station on the city's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.

Hsu Li-min (許立民), director of the Department of Social Affairs, said that the suspect in the MRT incident, a 27-year-old unemployed man, has a similar profile to other random attackers, in that he is isolated from society, jobless and from a broken family.

Investigators in other cases of random attacks have found that most of the perpetrators were young men who felt lonely and alienated, Hsu said.

In order to reduce the risk of violent crimes by such persons, a monitoring system should be established, but it would require a caring society to help identify people with drug or alcohol addictions, a tendency toward abusive behavior, or destructive inclinations, he said.

At a press conference Tuesday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is a doctor, also said that the suspect in Monday night's knife attack had similar traits to the perpetrator in a random killing spree on a Taipei MRT train in May 2014, who was in his 20s and was a loner.

Ko suggested that the relevant authorities establish a system to monitor mental health in the same way that physical health is monitored, in view of the fact no one really knows what is in the minds of young men who commit such crimes.

Four people were wounded in Monday night's knife attack, which was similar to the one in May 2014 that left four people dead and 24 injured.

(By Ku Chuan and Lillian Lin)
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