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HK police arrest 9 under NSL for alleged terror plot

Police officials present bomb-making equipment, chemicals, communication kits and air rifles siezed from a group that allegedly planned to bomb public places in Hong Kong at police headquarters on July 6, 2021. (CALVIN NG  / CHINA DAILY)

Police arrested nine people – five men and four women – and seized explosive substances, foiling an alleged plan to blow up multiple sites in Hong Kong. 

Police also seized bomb-making equipment, together with chemicals, communication kits and air rifles as well as HK$90,000 in cash

The suspects, aged between 15 and 39, are from a local radical separatist group, said police. Six of them are secondary school students, while one is a faculty member of a secondary school and one a management-level staff at a local university.

The police also raided a hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the city’s most popular shopping districts, where the suspects rented a room that was allegedly turned it into a bomb-making laboratory.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of Police National Security Department, said the seizure of the documents and brochures suggesting a concrete and well-organized action plan of the radical group shocked the law enforcers.

According to police’s preliminary investigation, the group planned to instigate secondary students in early July to carry out bomb attacks at public places, including the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, courtrooms and railway stations with self-made bombs, and then to send them away from the city.

The explosives seized are called triacetone triperoxide or TATP, which is often used in many terrorist attacks overseas, senior superintendent Li said, adding that they can have extensive impact. Police investigation will continue, he added.

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Police officials answer questions regarding the alleged plan to bomb public places in Hong Kong at police headquarters on July 6, 2021. (CALVIN NG  / CHINA DAILY)

Police also seized bomb-making equipment, together with chemicals, communication kits and air rifles as well as HK$90,000 in cash. They also froze a total of HK$600,000 in related funds.

Detailing the suspects’ actions, Li said there was a clear division of tasks among the group members, with some responsible for purchasing chemicals while a small faction focused on bomb-making. There was also an action team, which was responsible for placing the bombs.

The radical group had sufficient funds to pull off the plan and planned it meticulously with video footage showing them scouting various courtrooms, he said.

Police condemned such “crazy” and “extremely irresponsible” acts and urged people in the chemical industry to keep a close eye on any suspicious activities.

Li also urged parents to take care of their children during the summer holidays, preventing them from getting involved in crime.

Police officials present bomb-making equipment, chemicals, communication kits and air rifles siezed from a group that allegedly planned to bomb public places in Hong Kong at police headquarters on July 6, 2021. (CALVIN NG  / CHINA DAILY)