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Man indicted over threat of copycat metro killing

KAOHSIUNG -- A man in the southern city of Kaohsiung was charged Monday with public intimidation for an online post threatening a mass killing on public transit reminiscent of the May 21 knife attack on the Taipei Metro.

The 24-year-old, identified only by his surname as Chiu, is believed to have been planning to imitate the attack on a moving subway train that left four dead and 24 injured.

In a Facebook post from May 25, Chiu said "I actually thought of killing people on the metro a long time ago" and "I'll kill even more people (than the Taipei attack); even if we're related by blood, I'll kill them anyway!"

Prosecutors said Chiu made the threat out of anger after someone criticized his upbringing.

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