In a horrific incident in Taiwan, a 21-year-old college student went on a stabbing spree aboard a subway train in Taipei Wednesday afternoon, killing four people and injuring more than 20 others.
The random killing by the knife-wielding attacker on Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) was the first such incident since the mass transport system began operations in 1996, Apple Daily (Taiwan) noted Thursday.
The attacker was Zheng Jie, a sophomore at Tunghai University, according to the police. He got on the train and began killing after several stops. He tried to kill more on the platform after the train stopped at Jiangzicui station in New Taipei City and all passengers rushed out, but was soon held down by several MTR staff and passengers.
Many passengers on the train were caught off guard by the act and could do nothing but panic and scream as Zheng picked people at random and attacked them, reports said.
After he was arrested, he apparently told the police that he had wanted to “do something big” since he was a child.
Three men and one woman suffered grievous wounds and died on the spot. The injured, said to number at least 21, were rushed to several hospitals. The Taipei Rapid Transit Corp., operator of the MRT, said the families of the dead will receive compensation of NT$4 million (US$132,409) each.
According to the police, Zheng was extremely calm and knew he could face the death sentence, which seemed to be what he hoped for as he thought life was a pain. He was said to have originally planned to embark on the “big act” after his graduation, but apparently changed his mind and moved up the schedule.
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