Man with sword charged with at­tempted mur­der

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TAIPEI: A man who used a stolen samu­rai sword to at­tack a mil­i­tary po­lice guard out­side Tai­wan’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice in Au­gust has been charged with at­tempted mur­der, said prose­cu­tors.

Wield­ing the sword and car­ry­ing the na­tional flag of China, Lu Chunyi slashed the guard, who was try­ing to pre­vent him from en­ter­ing the com­plex, on the neck, face, and hands, be­fore be­ing ar­rested.

The 51-year-old, who has been de­tained since the Aug 18 at­tack, has said he wanted to fly the Chi­nese flag in the pres­i­den­tial of­fice, and was car­ry­ing hand­writ­ten notes threat­en­ing to “be­head” Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen in his hopes to see the uni­fi­ca­tion Tai­wan-China. — AFP

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