Taiwan rocked by 'cold-blooded murder' of eight-year-old girl in primary school bathroom

Taipei's mayor launches review of school security

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Schools in the Taiwanese capital Taipei are to review their security measures after the brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl sent shockwaves across the state.

The island’s Central News Agency reported that the second-grade student, identified only by her surname Liu, has died in hospital of her wounds a day after she was attacked by an intruder at Wenhua Elementary School.

Police said an attacker broke into the school and found the girl on her own in a bathroom, where he cut her throat twice with a knife.

Liu was found unconscious on the floor and taken to hospital, CNA reported. She underwent surgery and briefly regained a heartbeat, but died on Saturday morning.

The attack made front pages across Taiwan on Saturday, and according to the South China Morning Post prompted a press conference from Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je.

Mr Ko said a task force was going to be set up to review school security, the SCMP reported, as well as establishing a system to monitor “potentially dangerous people”.

Police told CNA that a suspect, identified as 29-year-old Kung Chung-an, was apprehended a short time after the attack.

Kung received a bail hearing on Saturday morning, CNA reported, at which prosecutors requested he be detained until he can be brought to trial.