By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
An immigration official said Wednesday that a single-digit number of foreign workers are on a
Taiwanese intelligence agency’s watch list for supporting ISIS activities. The statement came after a local media’s disclosure of an “ISIS kill list” in which 69 Taiwanese are targeted.
Asked by Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chen Chi-mai during a legislative interpellation session Wednesday if there are any foreign workers in Taiwan involved in supporting or sponsoring the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, extremist activities, National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director-General Ho Jung-chun replied the National Security Council (NSC) does possess a watch list of less than 10 people.
The Chinese-language Mirror Media recently disclosed a “kill list” of 69 Taiwanese named as IS assassination targets, which was initially released by a pro-ISIS hacker group earlier in June and was later made known to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to media reports, the officials said that the authorities have conducted a probe into the information but have found it to be widely inaccurate with half of the names on the list correspond to nonexistent people.
The local media reported that people on the list are civilians and there are no politicians. Most of them are highly-skilled professionals specializing in information technology or computer science. [FULL STORY]