Three held in 'bomb plot' against Hong Kong police


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HONG KONG (China Daily/Asia News Network): A computer technician and his parents, who allegedly turned their public housing flat into a laboratory for making bombs, were arrested in Wong Tai Sin.

Hong Kong police said three suspects, aged between 31 and 63 and from the same family, were picked up on Monday following a raid on their home in a public housing estate on suspicion of plotting bomb attacks to kill police officers and judges.

The police also seized more 30 kilograms of bomb-making chemicals and dangerous materials. Twenty kilograms of the chemicals and materials were found in the 31-year-old technician’s room in the flat where he lived with his parents. It’s believed the room had been used to manufacture bombs.

Among the items seized were bomb-making devices, including wires, circuit boards and timing devices. Ten more kilograms of bomb-making chemicals were found at a storage facility allegedly rented by the man in San Po Kong.

The chemicals included triacetone triperoxide and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, both of which could trigger massive explosions even in small quantities and are commonly used by terrorists overseas, the police said.

The technician is believed to have encouraged others on social media to attack police and government buildings in Hong Kong, including the police headquarters, between July 2021 and April this year.

In an article published in a Hong Kong newspaper on May 23, Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung warned against the threat of home-grown terrorism.

He said attacks on police officers and plans to set off bombs in public areas had happened occasionally or uncovered in the past five years, adding that the risks of local terrorism are “relatively imminent”.

To deal with such threats, law enforcement agencies have beefed up security by upgrading their strategies with comprehensive plans to handle unexpected situations and using new equipment and technologies, Tang said.

Under Hong Kong’s Crimes Ordinance, anyone convicted of making or possessing explosives illegally could be jailed for up to 14 years.

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