Police have seized some explosives and arrested nine people after a raid on an abandoned former ATV film studio in Sai Kung, Radio Television Hong Kong reported Monday.
Among the arrested, four were women while the rest were male, according to the report.
All the detained were said to be in the 21 to 34 age group. They included a student, a teaching assistant and some unemployed persons.
Police suspect some of them may be linked to a local radical group.
The arrests came as lawmakers prepare to vote on the government’s controversial political reform bill this week.
The vacant former ATV studio on Ho Chung Road, where the explosives were seized, has been sealed by the police since Sunday night after inspectors from the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau found explosive devices there, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The police bomb squad and firefighters were called to the site.
Police say they believe the building was being used to make and test the explosive devices.
Meanwhile, Apple Daily reported that inspectors took away evidence at about 7:45 am on Monday. Among the things they picked up were an air rifle, three bullet clips and an electronic scale.
Inspectors also found two bottles, one containing a deep-brown fluid and another containing a transparent fluid as well as some white powder in plastic bags, according to the report.
The studio, where security guards were stationed during daytime, used to be a main site for ATV to film its TV dramas before being abandoned many years ago.
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