Four people were stabbed to death and 21 more injured by a university student on a subway train in Taipei yesterday in what the South China Morning Post defines as “the worst attack on the subway line in its 18-year history.”
According to the Post:
Police said a 21-year-old Tunghai University student, identified as Cheng Che, moved down the train, stabbing passengers at random at about 4pm yesterday.
The attack happened while the train was en route to Jiangzicui from Longshan Temple.
Panic-struck travellers rushed out of the train when it stopped at a station and screamed for help. A female student on the platform at Jiangzicui station said that when the train pulled up, bloodied women ran out as soon as the door opened, shouting, “A man inside with a knife attacking at random, don’t go in!”
The knifeman followed passengers onto the platform, but was pursued by police. He tried to run away but was overpowered.
The assailantwas apprehended by police at the scene. Zheng, a second year student of environmental engineering at Tunghai University, is reported to have shown no remorse, and has admitted having no motivation for his actions, stating that he simply ‘wanted to do something important’.
Zheng is currently awaiting trial in the New Taipei City district prosecutor’s office.
By Aliaume Leroy and Ryan Kilpatrick