The ordinarily peaceful Taiwanese capital of Taipei has seen an outbreak of knife-violence in the past 2 days which includes a grisly beheading of a 4 year-old in a random attack as she was riding her bike as well as two other unrelated attacks.
Taiwan media reports that on Monday morning in the Neihu district, a man approached the child while she was riding a bicycle, grabbed her and decapitated her with a cleaver.
The girl’s mother said she was walking just a metre behind her daughter, but was unable to prevent the attack. She told local media that she thought he was trying to help her ride up a hill, but was horrified when he started slashing her with the knife.
As the attack occurred, she could only scream for help, while people pinned him down until the police arrived.
The perp had a history of drug-use and mental illness. Go figure. Mental illness was also in play in both of the other attacks the following day. In the first incident, a policeman was severely slashed in a attack at a transit station.
From New York Post:
A transit cop was stabbed in the head Tuesday in Taipei, one day after a young child was decapitated, in random knife attacks that have rocked the ordinarily safe Taiwanese capital.
The officer is expected to survive wounds to his head, neck and back which he suffered during a 12:20 p.m. attack at the Xinbeitou subway station in northern Taipei, according to the government’s Central News Agency and other local media reports.
A 28-year-old suspect, who used a steak knife, told investigators that he “hates cops,” CNA reported.
According to Mashable:
“The China Timesreports that Zhan is unemployed with no prior criminal record. His medical history states that he’s been treated for psychiatric issues, but is not undergoing treatment at present.”
The last incident provides a glimmer of comic relief:
In a separate knifing incident on the same day, a 48-year-old pest control worker, surnamed Huang, was wounded when a 23-year-old man attacked him with a saw.
Huang was working at the Shulin district just outside of Taipei city. He escaped with a 5 cm slash to his left wrist, and was sent to the hospital.
The attacker told the police later he was trying to “protect the cockroaches.” (via Mashable)