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20-year-old man launched attack on seven with chopper in Commonwealth Avenue

A 20-year-old man attacked seven people with a chopper in Commonwealth Avenue. The police ruled out terrorism, and the assailant faces severe charges. Five brave civilians assisted in the arrest.

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Photos: Channel News Asia/Lianhe Zaobao

SINGAPORE: A disturbing incident occurred on Saturday evening (3 Feb) in Commonwealth Avenue, where a 20-year-old man launched an unprovoked attack on members of the public.

The attacker used a chopper and other weapons in his assault, which spanned across several locations including an HDB lift lobby, Margaret Drive Hawker Centre, and a park connector.

The police have clarified that the incident is not related to terrorism, and the suspect, who will be charged in court on Monday (5 Feb) for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons, appears to have acted independently.

The rampage resulted in seven people being attacked, none of whom were known to the assailant. He used various means to inflict harm, including a knife, a chopper, and physical force.

The victims included two men aged 76 and 40, and a six-year-old girl, all of whom sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. Additionally, three men, aged 54, 21 and 20, as well as a 45-year-old woman, also suffered minor injuries but did not seek further medical attention.

Officials are considering a psychiatric assessment for the assailant at the Institute of Mental Health. The charges he faces could lead to a maximum of seven years in prison, a fine, caning, or a combination of these punishments.

Carrying an offensive weapon in public without lawful authority is a serious offence, potentially leading to a three-year imprisonment term and mandatory caning.

The police responded following a call for assistance at 7.05 pm on Saturday. The arrest took place near 1 Dundee Road, the location of Queens Peak condominium, thanks to the intervention of the five public-spirited individuals.

The attack sequence began near Margaret Drive Hawker Centre, continued at a nearby HDB block, and ended along the Alexandra Canal park connector.

In recognition of their bravery and quick action, the police honored the five individuals with the Public Spiritedness Award.

Among the awardees, Mr Emmanuel Ee Wei Chuan, aged 21 and also a victim of the attack, participated in the apprehension of the assailant.

AC Serene Chiu, the commander of the Singapore Police Force’s Clementi Division, praised the five civilians for their commendable actions.

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People become more and more violent under the dictatorship rule of Singapore PAP government.

IMH medicines getting expensive I think.

ForeSEE, like Kenny has mentioned here, this young man has gone the wrong direction going south along commonwealth avenue, instead of going north to ridout road.

Why no report of the race?
Maybe IS THOSE TYPE…so quickly say….NOT TERRORISM!😆😆😆😆

So many siao lang in low ses areas becos your 4G would not want to use state funds to ‘cage these up ‘ at IMH or else need to raise GST another round, yet again!
Song bo? Low ses Sinkie!
Who did YOU voted for?😆😆😆

Now the SPF needs 5 brave men to assist in their arrests..
Jeez…just tazer him..

So so thankful to the SPF for confirming and assuring the public that the attacker who had in his arsenal of mass weapons, comprising of a chopper, knife and his physical capabilities, … … was not a terrorist !!! !!!

And that the areas where the attacks took place, … was not a “terrorist” target for mass destruction !!! !!!

Quite sad too..hes only 20yo…family or society failed him?
Theres been several slashing incidents in the last 2 yrs or so..
SG aint so safe as we are set to believe…

Whenever such things happened, I always wonder what drove a person to act out like that, it should not happened of the environment is balanced.

Sing kar po siao lang jin juay.
There was a case in punggol many years ago when a jogging young father was stabbed to death by a mental young man.

He must be on drugs or mentally ill.

Lowering voting age to 18 .

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