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Central News Agency

Release Date: 2004-03-19 19:51:37

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense convened an emergency meeting after President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu were shot and injured during canvassing in Tainan, southern Taiwan Friday afternoon.

Defense ministry officials said that all department chiefs and ranking military officials took part in the meeting and that the results will be announced later.

The wounds of the president and vice president were not life threatening and they both left the hospital at 7:10 p.m. to return to Taipei.

The outlying island of Kinmen was put on "around-the-clock combat readiness" status to increase nation security before the presidential election scheduled for Saturday.

Even before the shooting incident, the defense ministry had announced that the nation will heighten its alertness before, during and after the election.

All military commanding officers remained at their posts to keep abreast of any situation starting from 5 p.m. Friday, and they will maintain the high-alert status until 8 a.m. Sunday.

(By Lilian Wu)

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