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UNIVERSIADE: MOI says no proof of IS operatives in Taiwan

2017/08/19 20:16:35

Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said Saturday that after careful investigation, his ministry had found no evidence of Islamic State (IS) members in Taiwan ahead of the opening of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei the same day.

Yeh said the investigation was carried out after Lai Hsiang-lin (賴香伶), chief of the Taipei Department of Labor, reported a social media post by someone who claimed to be a female Indonesian migrant worker in Taipei and an IS supporter.

Investigators were unable to identify any such person in Taiwan and have found no record of entry by any suspected IS operatives into Taiwan, Yeh said, adding the authorities will remain vigilant.

"Any information related to national security will be treated as top priority and there is no need for the public to worry," he said.

Some 5,000 police officers and 1,800 students from the country's police academies were deployed to provide security in and around the venue of the Universiade opening ceremony in Taipei on Saturday, according to Yeh.

The Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, is second only to the Olympic Games and is the biggest sports event ever hosted by Taiwan.

Some 141 national teams from around the world are competing in the games, which are scheduled to run through Aug. 30.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Frances Huang)