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Taiwan office in India receives a bomb threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday confirmed that Taiwan's representative office in India has received a bomb threat.

Taiwan top envoy to India James Tien (田中光) confirmed the report to the Central News Agency yesterday that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, the nation's de facto embassy in the country, received a letter Wednesday that threatened to blow the office up.

According to Tien, the office received the English-language letter, addressed to the Taiwanese embassy in India, on Wednesday morning. The letter did not specify the reason behind making such threat to the office.

But it did mention that it could launch an attack on office officials and use a "dirty bomb" to blow up the office, Tien said.

Taiwanese officials in India immediately reported the case to Indian police authorities around 11 a.m. on the same day. Bomb and dog squads were dispatched to the spot along with scores of officers. Police seized the letter and began investigations.

Tien expressed gratitude over Indian police authorities for their swift response. The office has strengthened its security in light of the threat, he added.

This is reportedly the first time the representative office has received a threat of this nature since its establishment in 1995.

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