Date
24 October 2017
A 15-year-old mentally ill boy was contained by officers as he apparently tried to set off an explosion at the Aberdeen police station on Tuesday. Photos: RTHK, Mingpao
A 15-year-old mentally ill boy was contained by officers as he apparently tried to set off an explosion at the Aberdeen police station on Tuesday. Photos: RTHK, Mingpao

Boy with anxiety disorder tries to set off police station blast

A 15-year-old boy was stopped by the police as he was apparently trying to detonate some explosive powder at the Aberdeen police station Tuesday evening, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The youth barged into the police station at around 7 pm, holding a paper box with five test tubes containing suspected explosive powder, according to the report. He is said to have shouted that he failed to be a decent person and that he wanted to die.

As he tried to light up the box with a lighter, the police acted swiftly and contained him, the paper said.

A police officer said the powder was Triacetone-Triperoxide (TATP) that could be used to cause an explosion. The juvenile claimed that he learnt how to make explosives by reading books and buying necessary materials from the market, the officer said.

The boy, identified as Leung Kwok-hung, suffers from anxiety disorder and had previous history of injuring people, according to Sky Post. He is suspected to have taken drugs before going to the police station on Tuesday.

After the incident, the police took him back to his home in Wah Fu Estate in Hong Kong’s Southern District. There the police found another pink object that was detonated by experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau.

The police said they will hand over the case to the serious crime squad of Hong Kong Island Region for follow-up action to confirm the youth’s motive.

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