HK police defuse pipe bomb, arrest 4 for manufacturing explosives


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.

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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.

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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of discoveries of weapons and explosives in current months as pro-democracy protests that escalated in June over a now-withdrawn invoice that may have allowed extraditions to China have stored a relentless tempo. 

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