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Taiwan strengthens barriers after attack on presidential office

Published on Jan 26, 2014 4:03 PM
Policemen closing the site where a large truck rammed the Presidential Palace in Taipei on January 25, 2014. Taiwan stepped up security measures after a driver rammed a huge truck through a bullet-proof screen and into the main gate of the presidential office, apparently intentionally, officials said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

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