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Three more questioned over killing

GANG AFFILIATIONS:The three suspects were said by police to be gang members and include the man police think delivered a fatal blow to an off-duty police officer

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Three more alleged gang members are in custody for questioning as authorities continue to investigate others who allegedly had a part in the beating to death of an off-duty police officer outside a Taipei nightclub earlier this month.

Kou Huan-ming (茍桓銘), 20, along with two other suspects Chang Po-an (張博安), 21, and Wang Cho-han (王卓涵), 28, were arrested on Thursday.

A police spokesperson said Kou’s testimony could help clarify what happened outside the Spark ATT club, because he was the one alleged to have delivered the fatal blows, striking off-duty police detective Hsueh Chen-kuo (薛貞國) twice on the head with a metal stand used as a queue barrier.

Kuo is a member of the Heavenly Dragon Chapter of the Bamboo United Gang, the police said.

Earlier on Wednesday, another main suspect, Kuo Shih-chun (郭士均), 22, also said to be a member of the Bamboo United Gang, surrendered to the Xinyi District (信義) Police Precinct.

As of yesterday, authorities have picked up a total of 36 suspects in the investigation of the case, with 10 individuals currently held in detention and a further dozen suspects still being sought.

In the aftermath of the killing, the Ministry of the Interior has ordered a heightened surveillance of gang activities and more spot checks on nightclubs and entertainment centers in Taipei.

According to an announcement by the Taipei City Police Department, a general crackdown started on Wednesday and is set to carry on through tomorrow.

Officials said one of the main objectives was to target Taiwan’s three main triad syndicates: the Bamboo United Gang, the Four Seas Gang, and the Tien Dao Meng, known as “The Way to Heaven,” as gang members were allegedly involved in the homicide.

The recent crackdown has nightclub operators complaining that customers are staying away, and business has been weak for the past two weeks.

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