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    May 22, 2014

    Three killed in Taipei subway knifing


    A KNIFE-WIELDING attacker went on a stabbing spree aboard a Taipei subway train yesterday, killing three people and wounding 22 others, police said.

    The 21-year-old college student, named Cheng Chieh, was arrested immediately after the incident, the first fatal attack on the city's subway system since it began operations in 1996, police said.

    It was not immediately clear why the man launched the unexpected attack, police said.

    The incident happened around 4pm Singapore time when the man began attacking travellers on a subway train outside Taipei, sending hundreds of people screaming and fleeing for help.

    The victims were identified as a woman and two men, according to the police.

    Television images showed pools of blood on the train and passengers who survived the attacks giving witness accounts.

    After being alerted to the attacks, the authorities immediately deployed more police officers on the busy subway system, which transports around 1.85 million commuters per day.