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Taiwanese shot in Delhi recovering well: official

By Shelley Huang,  /  STAFF REPORTER, WITH AFP AND REUTERS , NEW DELHI

A security guard stands in front of a bus carrying the Australian cricket team outside the airport in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh yesterday. Security in New Delhi was beefed up after two Taiwanese were shot on Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Two Taiwanese men shot outside a mosque in New Delhi on Sunday while working on a television show were recovering from their injuries in a city hospital, the nation’s representative office said.

The most seriously wounded man was in stable condition after being shot in the stomach.

He “stabilized today after an operation and he is conscious. He already spoke to his family in Taipei,” Taiwan representative office in New Delhi spokeswoman Joy Yen told reporters.

The other man was only grazed by a bullet and was discharged yesterday, Yen said.

Medics said on Sunday that the two men were in their twenties.

Six other Taiwanese working with the two on a food documentary for a show on cable channel TVBS were in a city hotel and would leave shortly.

“They are very nervous and scared. They are in the hotel and want to leave as soon as possible,” Yen said, adding that they were cooperating with police in their investigation.

Two attackers on a motorbike opened fire outside New Delhi’s main mosque on Sunday, shooting at a tourist minibus hired by the Taiwanese as well as the mosque itself.

Australia and the US issued travel warnings yesterday over a heightened risk of terror attacks meant to disrupt the Commonwealth Games, which New Delhi will be hosting next month.

An e-mail purportedly from the Indian Mujahidin, a home-grown militant group with links to militants in Pakistan, was sent to the BBC and some local media after the attack. The statement threatened attacks on the Games.

The US and Australia urged their citizens to be careful after the Australian cricket team landed in the city for a cricket series with India.

Indian authorities, however, played down the shooting, saying it could be the work of local criminals.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control said it would closely monitor the health condition of the two victims for signs of the superbug NDM-1.

Taiwanese health authorities said that as soon as the two men are ready to return home, officials would keep a close watch to determine whether the pair may have been infected with NDM.

The new strain of bacteria, named New Delhi metallo-­­beta-lactamase-1, because it originated in New Delhi, is resistant to all known antibiotics and has recently been listed as a ­category-four communicable disease by the Department of Health, meaning that hospitals and clinics must immediately report any suspected cases.

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