Taiwan strengthens barriers after attack on presidential office
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities on Sunday strengthened barriers around the presidential office after a truck was rammed into the tightly guarded premises in an attempted suicide attack.
More military police with automatic rifles were deployed and a line of huge granite blocks was lifted into place to reinforce existing barriers outside the building, televised images showed.
The incident, described by police as an attempted suicide attack, was the worst of its type on the building. It happened around 5am on Saturday when Chang Teh-cheng drove a 35-tonne truck through several sets of barricades, police said.
At high speed, the vehicle ascended a set of steps before being stopped by a bullet-proof screen and becoming stuck in the gate leading to the office's main building, they said.