Taiwan president orders probe of subway stabbings

May 22, 2014 12:46 PM

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou ordered Taiwan's police ministry to investigate what led a university student to stab four people to death on a crowded subway train in an attack that stunned this low-crime island.

The violence Wednesday at the start of rush hour in Taipei, a city of some 6 million people, was the first knife attack in the capital subway system's 18-year history. Another 21 people were injured before the attacker was captured.

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