Date
21 September 2017
Police lead the suspect away. At right are some of the items seized from his home. Photo: Metro Daily
Police lead the suspect away. At right are some of the items seized from his home. Photo: Metro Daily

Teen held over public estate firebombing, Lai link eyed

A 17-year-old secondary school student has been arrested after a firebomb explosion in a Sham Shui Po public housing estate on Sunday.

Investigators are questioning the suspect for any link to similar attacks on the home of outspoken publisher Jimmy Lai and his Next Media headquarters Monday, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The male student, surnamed Yip, is believed to be a democracy activist.

His social media accounts are peppered with photos of the recent street protests, the report said.

The explosion occurred in a staircase in Fu Cheong Estate, eight hours before the Lai firebombings.

Police found three liters of alcohol, eight white towels and two glass bottles in Yip’s home, along with an air gun, two retractable batons, a knife, a helmet, a mask and a laptop computer.

Yip admitted responsibility for the Sham Shui Po attack, the report said.

He faces four counts including arson and possession of weapons and replica guns.

The case is being handled by the regional crime unit of the Eastern Kowloon district, the same team working on the Lai firebombing incident.

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