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Three-year-old girl beheaded outside subway station in Taiwan

The suspect (centre)
The suspect (centre)

An attacker armed with a butcher’s knife reportedly decapitated a three-year-old girl outside a subway station in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.

The Central News Agency reported that police have taken a 33-year-old man into custody.

The report said that the suspect beheaded the girl in Neihu, eastern Taipei, with a knife at about 11am.

The girl’s mother told TVBS that she was walking behind her daughter when the suspect came close.

The girl was on a bike and she thought the man was going to help her ride up a hill, but instead he attacked the child.

Eastern Broadcasting quoted the suspect’s father as saying that the man, his only son, was mentally unstable.