Security bureau keeping track of 8 Taiwanese suspected of links to IS

Taipei, Eight Taiwanese are being monitored on suspicion of affiliation to the militant group Islamic State (IS), the National Security Bureau (NSB) said Thursday.

In a legislative hearing, Huang Yu-shun (???), a section chief in the bureau, said the eight people were mentally unstable and the bureau was keeping close track of them.

In a previous report to the legislative Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, the bureau had said eight Taiwanese had been identified as possible IS sympathizers.

During Thursday's session, Huang was asked by Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Shih-ying (???) for an update on the situation.

Tsai also asked about the deportation of an Indonesian woman in late February on suspicion of affiliation to IS.

In response, NSB Director-General Peng Sheng-chu (???) said the woman had been deported because her work in Taiwan was not consistent with the stated purpose of her entry and she had overstayed her visa.

On the possibility of IS affiliates taking the advantage of the upcoming Universiade in Taipei to enter Taiwan, Peng said the bureau has security measures in place and has been exchanging information with other countries on a list of suspected IS members.

So far, no one on the list has entered Taiwan, Peng said, adding that the bureau will continue to cooperate with the National Immigration Agency to monitor arriving visitors.

Over 12,000 athletes from 150 countries are scheduled take part in the Universiade, which will be held Aug. 19-30 in Taipei, and some of them may be accompanied by relatives and friends.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel