4 dead, 21 injured in stabbing on Taipei metro (update)

05/21/2014 09:41 PM
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Taipei, May 21 (CNA) A bloody knife attack on a Taipei metro train Wednesday afternoon left four people dead and 21 injured, some critically, officials said.

A single suspected assailant by the name of Cheng Chieh was subdued by police and metro staff and taken to a nearby police station, where investigators found him to be a sophomore at Tunghai University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

The attack happened at around 4:25 p.m. on the Bannan (blue) line, inside a train heading west between Longshan Temple Station in Taipei and Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei.

The four fatally injured victims were a woman aged 47, another woman aged 62, a man aged 20 and another man aged 30, according to officials.

A high school student surnamed Chuang said she was on the platform at Jiangzicui when the train pulled up.

She said that a bloodied women ran out as soon as the doors opened, shouting: "There's a (man) inside with a knife attacking at random!"

"I'm so scared, help me!" shouted another victim after police arrived on the scene, according to Chuang.

She reported three people lying motionless on the floor of the blood-stained carriage. Another passenger walked off the train before collapsing on the platform, she said.

(By Sunrise Huang, Wang Hung-kuo and Wesley Holzer)ENDITEM/WH/sc/J

Update: ●April 22, 2016 Court upholds death sentence for knifeman in Taipei metro attack●March 6, 2015: Metro attacker sentenced to death●May 23, 2014: Alleged metro killer's parents express sorrow, confusion●May 22, 2014: Alleged metro assailant described as loner planning 'something big'●May 22, 2014: NPA deputy head lists security steps following metro stabbings●May 22, 2014: Taipei metro attacker hinted at action on Facebook: minister●May 22, 2014: Transport minister promises security improvements●May 22, 2014: Taipei metro train attacker detained (update)

Related stories:●May 21, 2014: 4 dead in metro killing spree, with youngest aged 26●May 21, 2014: Greater Taipei mayors vow cooperation in keeping metro users safe

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