Threat to kill Taichung mayor, raze station under investigation

Taipei, Taichung police have launched an investigation after a threatening message to blow up Taichung railway station and assassinate the city's mayor was posted on an online game community page, according to authorities Friday.

Kuo Ting-pin (???), an officer with the Taichung Police Department's Third Precinct, said the message was posted through an account of a student under 14 years of age who has a history of playing online games.

The police took possession of the student's computer, phone and other related items on Friday as part of their investigation and have directed the police department's Criminal Investigation Corps to find out who posted the message and clarify the person's true intentions, Kuo said.

The student's mother posted a statement on her Facebook page Friday morning saying that the account was hacked and used by somebody else and that the message was not posted by her child, but police did not say if they agreed with the mother's account.

In the wake of the message, however, police decided to step up patrols around Taichung Railway Station as a security precaution, Kuo said.

The threat was posted in the early hours of Friday morning on the online community page, which has 190,000 members, according to local media.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel