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Taipei Metro knife attack prompts increased police patrols

Taipei Metro knife attack prompts increased police patrols

Taipei, July 21 (CNA)
In the wake of Monday night's random knife attack in Taipei's subway system, Taipei's Department of Rapid Transit Systems will beef up patrols in Taipei Metro stations and trains, the agency said Tuesday.
The department's criminal team said it will particularly focus patrols in areas where younger passengers are more likely to be concentrated.
The National Police Agency (NPA) also demanded that the rapid transit system criminal team and local police precincts in Taipei and New Taipei strengthen security at public entertainment venues and university campuses to try and prevent future incidents.
These measures came after a 27-year-old male surnamed Kuo wounded four people with a knife at Zhongshan Station in central Taipei just before 9 p.m. Monday.
According to investigators, the suspect said he acted as he did because he had been jobless for a long time and was in a "bad mood." Later Monday night at 10:46 p.m., a 15-year-old junior high school student surnamed Ni wounded two people with a knife on a street in Sanxia District in New Taipei.
Though the attack did not take place in the subway system, it still raised concerns for the safety of the subway system because the incident and Kuo's action both remind the public of a subway knife attack more than a year ago.
Cheng Chieh, a university student in his early 20s, killed four people and injured more than 20 passengers in a stabbing spree on a Taipei subway train in May 2014, making it the bloodiest incident in the system's 20-year history.
He was given multiple death sentences and other jail terms by the New Taipei District Court on March 6. (By Chen Pei-yu and Lance Yau)


Updated : 2021-09-22 00:20 GMT+08:00