HK police nab duo, seize large arms cache

HONG KONG: Police here arrested two mainland Chinese men, one of them the city's most wanted man, and seized the biggest cache of weapons in decades in a raid on a flat yesterday. 

Police identified one of the men as Kwai Ping-hung, who they believe is linked to between 15 and 20 armed robberies here in the past 20 years. 

“We believe these two Chinese men were involved in armed robberies in the 80s, 90s and in the last few years,” said Fung Kin-man, chief superintendent of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau. 

Seven hand grenades, an AK-47 rifle, about 10 shotguns and pistols and more than 800 bullets of various calibres were found in a suitcase at the flat, Fung told reporters. 

“The seizure was the biggest in the past 20 years and we believe this successful operation has prevented the culprits from committing serious armed crimes,” he said. 

The two men, aged 43 and 46, were asleep when members of Hong Kong's Flying Tiger police commando team burst into their flat before dawn.  

Police did not disclose the name of the second man. 

The duo were arrested for possessing arms and ammunition without a licence, but have yet to be charged. 

Although cases of theft have risen in Hong Kong in the past year, violent crime such as armed robbery is relatively rare. – Reuters  

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