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Knife-wielding assailant stabs four in Taipei MRT

FRUIT KNIFE:Police said a 27-year-old man allegedly randomly attacked people at the MRT Zhongshan Station, injuring a man and three women, who are receiving medical care

Staff writer, with CNA

Four people were wounded by an assailant armed with a knife in a stabbing spree at the MRT Zhongshan Station in downtown Taipei last night, police and firefighters said.

A knife-wielding man was subdued and the four wounded — one man and three women — were rushed to nearby Mackay Memorial Hospital, police said.

According to the police, the suspect is 27 years old and allegedly wounded the four with a fruit knife.

The male victim, said to be 37 years old, suffered a 2cm-by-0.5cm wound to his left shoulder.

A 31-year-old woman suffered a 1cm-by-1cm wound to her left collar bone, while a 37-year-old female victim suffered a 2cm-by-0.5cm wound to her back and a 50-year-old woman also sustained a knife wound to her back measuring 1cm by 2cm, police said.

All of the wounded were receiving medical treatment at Mackay Memorial Hospital as of press time last night.

The incident startled the public, with many recalling the random killing spree on May 21 last year in which Cheng Chieh (鄭捷), a 21-year-old university student, killed four people and injured 22 on a Taipei MRT train on the system’s Line Five, or Bannan Line, as the train was traveling from MRT Longshan Temple Station to MRT Jiangzicui Station.

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