An anti-terrorism drill in Taiwan. (Photo/Yang Tsung-hao)
Taiwan's government will step up its counter-terrorism measures for the 2017 Universiade in Taipei, the National Security Bureau said Thursday in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this week.
Addressing the issue during a hearing at the Legislative Yuan, bureau deputy chief Wang Teh-lin noted that large-scale international sports events and activities are easy targets for terrorists.
The bureau will work closely with the Cabinet and the Taipei city government to tighten security for the Universiade and ensure that the event proceeds safely and peacefully, Wang said.
So far, he said, the bureau has not detected any recruitment activities in Taiwan involving foreign extremist organizations, nor are there cases in which Taiwanese nationals have received terrorist training.
Over the years, however, there have been several terror hoaxes, including a 2011 email threat claiming to be from the US white supremacist group Aryan Nations, to carry out a chemical attack on the Taipei 101 skyscraper, Wang said.
The failed bombing attempts on a High Speed Rail train and outside a legislator's office on April 12 are not considered terrorist attacks, given that the suspects have not had any contact with or received training from any international extremist organization, he said.
Also during the hearing, deputy transportation minister Chen Chwen-jinq said his ministry will review the evacuation measures for the country's railway systems and produce a report on the matter within a month. He was responding to criticism that passenger evacuation was too slow on the day the bombs were discovered.
Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, meanwhile, said his ministry will put forth a draft counter-terrorism law within three months.