HONG KONG – Hong Kong police mentioned they defused a pipe bomb and arrested 4 males for manufacturing explosives after raiding an condominium the place they discovered protest-related gadgets corresponding to Man Fawkes masks and protecting gear.
Police additionally searched a village home in a northern neighborhood the place they discovered laboratory gear they believe may very well be used for producing explosives. The boys have been aged 21-29, a senior officer mentioned late on Tuesday.
The bomb was eight inches (20 cm) lengthy and weighed 1.5 kilos (680 grams). The managed explosion produced shrapnel that left a gap within the metallic door of an elevator within the constructing, Senior Superintendent Chan Tin-chu instructed reporters.
“If the bomb was … thrown at a automobile, all of the folks contained in the automobile would positively die,” Chan mentioned.
These arrested have been suspected of being members of an anti-government protest group, he mentioned. Three of the lads have been tertiary college students and have been additionally charged with unlawful meeting on New 12 months’s day.
In early December, police mentioned officers had defused two home made bombs discovered at a centrally-located college.
Police have reported a number of discoveries of weapons and explosives in current months as pro-democracy protests that escalated in June over a now-withdrawn invoice that may have allowed extraditions to China have stored a relentless tempo.