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Taiwan mourns victims of subway stabbing spree

Published on May 22, 2014 5:04 PM
The alleged attacker Cheng Chieh (centre) is transferred by policemen at a local police station in New Taipei City on May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Thursday mourned the four victims killed in a stabbing spree aboard a Taipei subway train, the first attack of its kind on the island.

Members of the public laid out flowers and cards to pay tribute to those who died in the attack at Jiangzicui subway station.

Three people - a 28-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman - died at the site from stab wounds to the neck and chest, while a fourth victim, a 62-year-old woman, died in hospital, police said.

The lone attacker, Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, is in custody undergoing further questioning.

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