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Taiwan on alert over alleged IS threat to attack Taipei 101

Taiwan on alert over alleged IS threat to attack Taipei 101

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwan is on alert after a Twitter post of a photo showing Taipei 101, a landmark building in the capital city, on fire in the wake of a terrorist attack, but the authorities urged the public not to panic, saying that the government was trying to verify the authenticity of the post. Premier Mao Chih-kuo (???) said at a news conference Thursday that the government has a response mechanism in place and will continue to investigate the matter. At a separate press event, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???) said that the military has been looking into the background of the photo and the motives for posting it. The military's anti-terrorism units will be deployed to safeguard the country in the event of a real situation, he added. Meanwhile, when asked about the issue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao (??) said that "Taiwan's representative offices in relevant countries will continue to keep close tabs on related developments." The ministry has also asked the country's representative offices overseas to stay on high alert, she said, adding that it will update travel alerts in line with developments in other countries. Meanwhile, Taipei police said that more police officers will be deployed to step up patrols surrounding the 509-meter Taipei 101 building. The #FreeShamiWitness@KhilafahTimes post of Feb. 24 came with a threat that read: "When Islamic State attacks your cities it won't look nice. By the permission of Allah that day is not far." Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (???) said Wednesday that the structure in the photo looks like the Taipei 101 building, but the background does not seem like the Taipei Basin, citing initial information. He stressed that the government is taking the issue seriously and that the photo is undergoing further scrutiny. The photo was posted after Taiwan joined the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and provided humanitarian assistance to refugees displaced by the onslaught by the Islamic State, a radical militant group that controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and employs brutal tactics such as mass killings, abductions of members of religious and ethnic minorities, and the beheading of foreign journalists and aid workers. More than 60 partners have joined the U.S.-led coalition, including Japan, France and the United Kingdom, in joint efforts to defeat the Islamic State and engage in humanitarian assistance to refugees in the region. (By Tang Pei-chun, Liu Chien-pang, Hsieh Chia-chen, Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 21:45 GMT+08:00