Junior high student randomly attacks two in New Taipei

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Taipei, July 21 (CNA) A 15-year-old junior high school student randomly attacked one man and a woman late Monday night with a kitchen knife, police said. It was the second random attack in the greater Taipei area Monday night.

The woman suffered a knife cut on her arm and was sent to a nearby hospital for treatment while the man was unharmed.

"I want to kill people like Cheng Chieh (鄭捷)did," he shouted when he was subdued by police, police source said.

Cheng, a university student in early 20s, killed four people and injured more than 20 passengers in a stabbing spree on a Taipei subway train in May last year.

He was given multiple death sentences and other jail terms ranging from five years and two months to by the New Taipei District Court on March 6.

Related: 4 dead, 21 injured in stabbing on Taipei metro (2014)

It was second random attack incident in the Greater Taipei area Monday night.

A 27-year-old unemployed man wielded a knife in a random attack that wounded four people at the Mass Rapid Transit system's Zhongshan Station Monday, police said.

The man, surnamed Kuo, told police that he committed the crime because he has been jobless for a long time and was "in bad mood," police investigators said.

A witness who identified herself by her family name Chen told CNA that she heard someone yelling, "He has a knife! He has a knife!" before seeing a man bleeding in the left shoulder and other people nearby also wounded.

"I did not see the suspect wielding his knife. I just saw him moving forward as the man near him had already been wounded," Chen added.

All four wounded -- three women and one man -- were hospitalized for knife cuts that were not life threatening.

(By Huang Hsu-sheng, S.C. Chang and Bear Lee)

[The CCTV footage shows the suspect walking down on the escalator on the right, and later being apprehended Monday evening.]

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