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A 33-year-old man, identified only by his surname of Wang, reportedly decapitated a three-year-old girl outside a subway station in Taipei, Taiwan shortly before noon on Monday
-Three-year-old girl decapitated outside subway station in Taiwan
Man, 33, has been arrested over apparent random killing in Taipei
Grabbed girl from her mother and cut her head off with meat cleaveA three-year-old girl has been decapitated in an apparently random killing outside a subway station in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.
A 33-year-old man reportedly grabbed the girl from behind as she was entering the station with her mother shortly before noon on Monday.
The man, unknown to both mother and child, then cut the child’s head off with a meat cleaver in the middle of the street.
Killer: The 33-year-old then brought out a meat cleaver and decapitated the child in the middle of the street
The mother told local media how the three-year-old had been on a bike and that she thought the killer had intended to help push the girl up the street.
The man, identified only by his surname of Wang, then brought out the large meat cleaver and brought it down on her daughter’s neck.
She told Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily how she tried to stop the killer, but was not strong enough to overpower him.
Several witnesses helped to subdue the attacker, after which police arrested him.
Flowers have been left at the scene of the gruesome random attack in Taipei on Monday
Local media reported that the victim was the second oldest of four children, nicknamed ‘Little Lightbulb’ by her parents.
Her father works in the IT industry, and her mother is a housewife. She has a nine-year-old sister and a younger brother and sister who are two-year-old twins.
Hours after the attack, an angry crowd gathered outside the police station where Wang had been taken, some brandishing baseball bats in apparent preparation for an attack on the suspect.
The government-run Central News Agency said the 33-year-old Wang had an arrest record for drug crimes and had been treated for mental illness.