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9 Arrested Over Alleged Plot To Plant Bombs Around Hong Kong

On Tuesday, Hong Kong police said they arrested nine people on suspicion of terrorist activity after discovering an attempt to make explosives and plant bombs throughout the city.

9 Arrested Over Alleged Plot To Plant Bombs Around Hong Kong
Confiscated evidence is displayed during a news conference as several people were arrested over the alleged plot to plant bombs around Hong Kong, at the police headquarters in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. | (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
9 Arrested Over Alleged Plot To Plant Bombs Around Hong Kong
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2021-07-06T12:41:40+05:30

Hong Kong police on Tuesday said they arrested nine people on suspicion of engaging in terrorist activity, after uncovering an attempt to make explosives and plant bombs across the city.

The arrests come amid a politically divisive time in Hong Kong, two years after months of massive anti-government protests rocked the city. Last week, a Hong Kong man stabbed a police officer with a knife, before killing himself.

Of the nine arrested, six are secondary school students. The group was attempting to make the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in a homemade laboratory in a hostel, police said.

They planned to use the TATP to bomb courts, cross-harbor tunnels, railways and even planned to put some of these explosives in trash bins on the street “to maximize damage caused to the society," police said.

The nine arrested are five men and four women between 15 and 39 years old, according to Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah of the Hong Kong Police National Security Department.

Authorities said they seized apparatus and raw materials used to make the TATP, as well as a “trace amount” of the explosive. 

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