By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Taipei City Government is to deploy more than 1,000 police officers to maintain public safety at the Taipei New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, while balloons and aerial drones will also be prohibited from the area. The Taipei Police Department’s Xinyi Precinct (信義) yesterday said that it has formed a counterterrorism task force with the Wei-an Police Special Services Commando Unit to guard against the possibility of a terrorist attack during the celebration, which is to start at 7pm today at the Taipei City Hall Square. “Aerial drones have become more popular in recent years, so we have prepared drone defender rifles to make sure unauthorized aerial photography drones do not fly into the controlled zone, to ensure public safety,” Chen said. Separately, the Railway Police Bureau’s Taipei Precinct said that it received a report from the Taipei Police Department yesterday morning about someone who posted a message on Facebook saying that he would “place a bomb at Taipei Railway Station on New Year’s Eve.”Police tracked the suspect’s Internet protocol address and identified him as a man surnamed Hsu (徐) living in Keelung. Hsu was taken to a police station for questioning and was charged with public intimidation.
Source: Taipei Times December 30, 2017 16:07 UTC