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President shocked, saddened over murder of second-grader

President shocked, saddened over murder of second-grader

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Saturday that he was shocked and saddened by the death of a second-grader who was murdered in a random attack by an intruder onto her school campus in the Beitou district of Taipei the previous day. Ma said he had contacted Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) and National Police Agency Director-General Chen Kuo-en (???) to ask them to instruct schools to step up campus security and find out the suspect's motives for the killing. The suspect, Kung Chung-an (???), 29, allegedly said he is under a lot of pressure and suffers hallucinations. "The existence of people (like Kung) poses a great threat to the city's security," Ma said, adding that the matter should be dealt with properly to prevent similar incidents from taking place again. Sun Lih-chyun (???), spokesman of the Executive Yuan, said Mao was saddened by the tragedy and he thanked the medical team that treated the second-grader for their efforts to save her. The 8-year-old girl was rushed to Taipei Veterans General Hospital following Kung's attack, but despite 17 hours of emergency treatment, she died from her injuries. The premier also issued instructions regarding strengthened campus security. Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and the party's presidential candidate for the 2016 election, said she was sad to hear about the tragedy. Tsai, who is in Los Angeles on the first stop of a six-city, 12-day visit to the United States, wrote on her Facebook page that "to have people live in peace and free from danger and fear is our unshirkable responsibility." (By Wang Hung-kuo, Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 09:39 GMT+08:00