Man dies after being attacked on the street with katana in central Taiwan

The man was rushed to hospital after being left bleeding at the side of the road but died soon after

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Three men attacked Chiang, one wielding a katana

Three men attacked Chiang, one wielding a katana (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man died after being jumped on the streets in Changhua County (彰化縣) last night (Dec. 29).

According to Yahoo News, a 31-year old man surnamed Chiang arranged to meet someone yesterday evening outside a coffee shop in Hemei Township (和美鎮), Changhua, but was unexpectedly attacked after he reached the meeting point.

The report states just as Chiang parked up and got out of his car to wait, another car arrived and parked directly in front. Three men, one wielding a Japanese-style samurai sword and the others motorcycle helmets, emerged and surrounded Chiang then began to attack, eventually leaving him bleeding at the side of the road.

The victim was reportedly stabbed several times in the abdomen and hit across the head with motorcycle helmets. After realizing they had left him in a critical state, the three perpetrators quickly fled the scene.

Chiang’s girlfriend apparently witnessed the entire display from inside their car but was too afraid to stray from her position. After his attackers left, she quickly phoned for an ambulance, but the report states Chiang was pronounced dead soon after he arrived at the hospital.

A police report indicates five people were inside the car parked in front of Chiang’s, but only three got out to assault him.

Police were able to identify the three perpetrators based on the car registration plate and arrested them in the early hours of the morning. One of the attackers said Chiang had a dispute with one of their friends and wanted to “teach him a lesson” on their behalf, but did not intend to kill him.

Whether Chiang’s girlfriend or the two other people at the scene had any involvement in the attack is still under investigation.