Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Four people were confirmed dead during a killing spree on a Taipei metro train Wednesday, in which 21 others were injured. According to statistics compiled by the New Taipei Fire Department, the youngest victim was a 26-year-old graduate student at National Cheng Kung University, identified as Chang Cheng-han (male). The other three killed are 28-year-old Hsieh Ching-yun (male), 47-year-old Pan Pi-chu and 62-year-old Lee Tsui-yun (both female). They were all taken to different hospitals in Taipei and New Taipei, the department said. In addition, 21 others were wounded during the knife attack, 10 of whom critically. Families of the four dead will be able to receive a maximum insurance compensation for metro passenger deaths of NT$4 million each, the Taipei Rapid Transit Co. said. A university sophomore, identified as Cheng Chieh, madly hacked passengers with a 30-cm-long fruit knife on a metro train that was heading west between Longshan Temple Station in Taipei and Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei before he was subdued police and metro staff. Police said the suspect was not found to have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs before going on the rampage.
(By Huang Yi-han and Elizabeth Hsu)