Taiwanese police nab man who threatened New Year’s Eve bloodshed

Widely shared message posted on Dec. 30 aroused fear in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2021/01/04
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

27-year-old man surnamed Hung listed as top suspect.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese police have arrested a man who posted on the country's largest internet forum that a string of organized massacres would take place at various New Year's Eve parties as well as railway and metro stations across the country.

The man posted his message to the forum PTT, claiming that a mass killing had been planned by a group of 30 people who aimed to "make history." He threatened that the casualties would be enormous at places such as the popular shopping area Ximending, Taipei 101, Taipei metro stations, and the Presidential Office in Taipei.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail stop in Taichung, various Kaohsiung metro stations, and the Dream Mall in Kaohsiung were also said to be targeted.

"It is sickening to see happy faces and New Year's Eve celebrations,” the man wrote online.

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