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A Presidential Office guard has been attacked by a man with a samurai sword and a PRC flag

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A military police officer on guard outside the Presidential Office was wounded Friday by a sword-wielding man with a PRC flag who allegedly tried to break into the building, according to police and state-run media reports.

The guard sustained cuts to his neck and was rushed to the National Taiwan University hospital for treatment, the Central News Agency said.

A man was restrained by security personnel and later taken away for questioning by police officers, according to the Presidential Office.

The man, who is unemployed and lives in the Beitou District, attacked the victim with a samurai sword he stole from the Armed Forces Museum, according to police.

He was carrying a five-star red flag, the national flag of mainland China, police said.

The attacker allegedly parked his scooter by the sidewalk and rushed at the guard on the west side of the Presidential Office building, stabbing him in an ensuing struggle, the Central News Agency said, citing eyewitnesses.

Authorities said they are investigating the reason for the man's actions.

The Presidential Office has tightened security. Part of the building was open to visitors for a Parents' Day on Friday.

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