Police seek suspected arsonist after fire in Taipei City sees 4 injured, 500 people evacuated

Taipei City police are attempting to identify a man suspected of arson after a fire engulfed four ground floor businesses in a 12-storey mixed commercial and residential building in Taipei City this morning, December 7. According to reports, around 500 people were evacuated, 134 were rescued by firefighters, and four people were treated in hospital after a fire broke out on Linsen North Road at around 8:45am. Taipei City Fire Department dispatched 35 fire appliances, 7 ambulances, and 107 firefighters

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Police in standoff with armed gangsters holding hostages in Taoyuan City

Police have have blockaded streets around a car dealership next to the Taoyuan City Council building on Sanmin Road this evening, after two armed gangsters stormed the car yard, fired several shots, and took 9 people hostage. The siege began at around 7:00pm, and the men were said to be armed with handguns, rifles, and a grenade. The suspects are believed to be members of the Heavenly Way Alliance, belonging to a faction called the Justice League. The suspects are

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Hundreds of gang members arrested in law and order sweep

In response to a spate of street brawls, and in order to prevent interference in next year’s presidential election, the National Police Agency, in coordination with the Taiwan High Prosecutor’s Office, conducted five days of raids nationwide, arresting 397 people, this week. Many of the arrested are members of Taiwan’s two largest criminal organizations – The Bamboo Union, and Heavenly Way Alliance. Police confiscated guns, ammunition, weapons, and drugs, and seized cash and assets valued at almost NT$100 million. A

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Man Shot in Broad Daylight in Hsinchu County

A man suffered four gunshot wounds after a gunman strafed his car in a drive-by shooting in Hukou Township, Hsinchu City, yesterday, Sunday, December 9. At around 2:00pm Mr Wang, 21, was driving his white Mercedes Benz sedan when he noticed a vehicle following his. Wang stopped outside the residence of an acquaintance named Guo, on Shengli Road. The driver of the following vehicle stopped beside Wang’s vehicle, lowered the window, fired more than 10 shots at the driver’s side

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Suspects Who Fired Assault Rifles During Extortion Attempt Arrested

Six members of a criminal gang who attempted to extort half a million Taiwan Dollars from a business in Pingtung County were arrested by a police task force Monday evening, January 8. Shortly after midnight, Friday, January 5, a gang of armed men stormed into a “health spa” in Hengchun Township. Two of the men were brandishing military assault rifles, which they pointed at management and staff members, ordering them to sit down before telling them they had come to

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Military Assault Rifle and Grenade Pistol in Gangster’s Arsenal

An Israeli manufactured military assault rifle and a grenade pistol were among small arsenal confiscated in Taichung city last night. Police arrested a man believed to be holding the weapons for use on demand by members of a criminal gang. After an investigation that included monitoring the residence of a man named Lin, who has a criminal record for drugs offences, police yesterday were issued a warrant to search the premises. Lin, 26, was charged with illegal possession of weapons

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Gun Busts in Taipei and Kaohsiung Turn up “Rare Weapons”

Police in Taipei and Kaohsiung reported busting criminal firearms operations in separate and unrelated cases today. In both cases weapons described as rare were found, including modern sub machine guns and a WWII pistol. In Taipei City criminal investigation division police from Beitou Police Bureau raided a betel nut stand operating as a front for firearms dealing by members of the Bamboo Union gang. The raid, which occurred last night, was the culmination of an investigation spanning several months. Police

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Shotgun and Pistol Found in Possession of Wanted Man

A Police SWAT team swooped on a property in Miaoli County yesterday and arrested Snake Alley gangster Jiang Liren(姜禮仁). Jiang had been on the run for over one year after failing to show up to serve an 11 year prison sentence. Jiang had been convicted of offenses that included attempted murder, intimidation with violence, and possession of unlawful weapons. Jiang was asleep when the SWAT team raided and did not attempt to resist arrest. A pistol and a pump-action, pistol-grip

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Sub-Machine Gun and Grenade Found in Arrested Gangster’s Arsenal

Police discovered what they called “a small arsenal” of weapons after arresting a gangster wanted in relation to a kidnapping for ransom case. The haul included a sub-machine gun and a grenade. Earlier this year, during the Chinese New Year holidays, the son of a gang boss serving time in prison, was kidnapped and held for 14 hours. The kidnappers demanded a NT$5 million ransom. Police investigators had been working on the case for more than four months. After identifying

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Gangs a Threat to Taiwan Democracy

Members of Taiwan’s Democratic People’s Party (DPP) have called on the National Police Administration to crack-down on gangs that have been appearing at public meetings and demonstrations, and recently attempted to beat up Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. DPP legislators believe that China has been covertly working with gangs to undermine Taiwan’s democracy. They called on the NPA to apply ‘an iron hand’ to cut off sources of funding for the gangs by raiding underground casinos, massage parlors, and

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Emergency Power Restoration too Slow: Electrical Workers Beaten by Thugs

Two employees of Taipower undertaking repairs to the power grid in Yunlin County in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, were beaten up by a group of thugs wielding baseball bats, who hit the men and smashed a window of their truck. The men were led by former township chairman and husband of the current legislative yuan representative, who is one of three men charged with several offences after the incident. An electrical worker explains the incident and shows his injuries.

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