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Swordsman targets Taiwan presidential palace

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 00:40

A man attempted to break in to Taiwan's presidential palace on Friday using a stolen samurai sword. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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A man wielding a samurai sword tried to break into Taiwan's presidential palace on Friday (August 18). One military policeman was injured in the process of stopping him, the Presidential Office said. The man stabbed the officer in the shoulder, according to local media reports. He was then carried away, and taken into custody for questioning. The officer was rushed to a local hospital but is said to be in a stable condition. Brawls among legislators are fairly common in Taiwan, but potentially deadly political violence is rare. The antique weapon used in the incident reportedly stolen from a local museum. No word yet on the motive for the attempted break-in.

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Swordsman targets Taiwan presidential palace

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 00:40