A ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker said Tuesday that reports about Islamic State targeting 69 Taiwanese have not been confirmed, so "we need to be vigilant, but not worry too much."
Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (???) was commenting on reports that after Taiwan was listed among the participants of the U.S.-led Inherent Resolve operation against IS, 69 Taiwanese academics, experts and businessmen have been put on an IS abduction list.
Tsai told the media that government agencies have since June been checking the reported list and found that the addresses of some of the people were wrong, while some on the list had already died.
"Government authorities have told me that if IS does plan to kidnap people here, the list would be simply too rough and shoddy. Besides, there is little likelihood that IS members could ever abduct people here in Taiwan. So we need not worry too much about this," said Tsai.
If the IS cannot even match people to their correct addresses, probably their capabilities have been exaggerated, he said, adding, however, that the Taiwanese authorities will monitor developments in this regard.
The National Police Agency (NPA) also commented that it had no "concrete information" that any rich or well-known Taiwanese are on an IS hit list.
To ensure public safety and national security, the NPA said it will form task forces, beef up international anti-terrorism cooperation, strengthen information-gathering and analysis -- including online information -- and upgrade anti-terrorist squads' capabilities.
The police will also step up security measures for popular places, seaports and airports, according to the NPA.
The National Security Bureau substantiated Tsai's statement that Taiwan's anti-terrorism agencies have since June been in possession of the reported information and have been checking the veracity of the list of names.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel