Stolen samurai-wielding swordsman targets Taiwan Presidential Office

A suspect who was alledgedly wielding a samurai sword and tried to break into Taiwan's presidential palace is being carried away in Taipei
A suspect who was alledgedly wielding a samurai sword and tried to break into Taiwan's presidential palace is being carried away, in this still image taken from video, in Taipei, Taiwan August 18, 2017. Global News/via REUTERS TV

August 18, 2017

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A man wielding a stolen samurai sword tried to break into Taiwan’s presidential palace on Friday and wounded a military policeman who stopped him, the Presidential Office said.

The man stabbed the policeman in the shoulder, media reported. The attacker was taken into custody for questioning. The officer was in stable condition in hospital.

Brawls among legislators are fairly common in Taiwan, but potentially deadly political violence is rare.

The motive for the attempted break-in was not immediately known.

(Reporting by Faith Hung; Editing by Nick Macfie)

  • CCTexas

    God Bless the Military Policeman who stopped this deranged person. I trust he will recover quickly. God Bless the Taiwanese President, a lady whom we all love. Taiwan is a beautiful independent nation facing down the Communist Dog Xi Xi Pooh.