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3 dead, 22 injured injured in stabbing on Taipei metro (update)
Central News Agency
2014-05-21 06:51 PM
Taipei, May 21 (CNA) A bloody knife attack on a Taipei metro train Wednesday afternoon left three people dead and 22 injured, two of them critically, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu said later that day.

A single suspected assailant was subdued by police and metro staff and taken to a nearby police station, where an initial investigation 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 three fatally injured victims were a woman aged 47, a man aged 20 and another man aged 30, according to reports from the authorities. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said police presence on the metro was increased soon after the incident and added that he was requesting reinforcements from the National Police Agency. Trains on the blue line were reportedly running in both directions but only on a single track as of 6 p.m., causing major delays during the rush hour commute. 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)

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