Jiang orders investigation into motives
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-21 08:31 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Premier Jiang Yi-huah ordered a full investigation into the motives that drove a 21-year-old student to kill three people and injure more than 20 on Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit Wednesday.

As soon as the premier heard about the incident at Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei City, he ordered the National Police Agency to conduct a thorough investigation to find out what drove the suspect, named as Cheng Chieh, to attack passengers at random.

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Transportation were asked to step up protection work on means of public transportation and in public locations. Prevention of and reaction to dangerous incidents at frequently visited public spaces would need to become a greater priority for the authorities, Jiang reportedly said.

Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu said they were increasing security measures on the system.

Hau said security within the MRT system would be stepped up immediately. The relatives of each fatal victim would receive NT$4 million (US$132,500), he said.

Chu said traditional trains and high-speed-rail trains would also be subject to increased security measures. Police said the MRT system had about 140 officers at its disposal, with 80 extra being applied for. Both mayors visited the injured in hospital.

Kaohsiung announced it was stepping up protection on its MRT system to prevent copycat incidents.

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