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Saturday 30 August 2014

Three dead and 16 injured in subway stabbing spree in Taiwan

Published 21/05/2014 | 11:47

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Officials block the scene of a knife attack on a subway platform, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo)
Police investigate the scene of a knife attack on a subway platform, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo)
The seemingly random attack occurred at the start of rush hour aboard a train on Taipei's Banqiao line

An apparently drunken man wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taiwan's capital, killing three people and injuring 16, reports said.

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The seemingly random attack occurred at about 4pm local time at the start of rush hour aboard a train on Taipei's Banqiao line, which leads to the city's south-western suburbs.

Photos showed the floor of one of the train's cars and the adjacent station platform splattered with blood and strewn with backpacks, umbrellas and other items.

The government's Central News Agency and other media outlets described panicked passengers rushing from the train when it arrived at the Jiangzicui station, shouting for those waiting on the platform to flee.

They said security guards quickly called for police, who apprehended the man, described as a 21-year-old who reeked of alcohol. The man, who had wielded a 10 centimetre-long (3in-long) knife, was in custody and being questioned by police, the reports said.

CNA said those killed were a 47-year-old woman and two men aged 20 and 30. Commercial cable news station TVBS and other stations said 16 people were injured.

Street crime is extremely rare in Taipei, one of Asia's safest cities, and violent incidents are practically unheard of in the city's extensive and well managed subway system.

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