Date
18 October 2017
The bomb threat was meant to disrupt a Falun Gong conference at the BP International Hotel. One of the suspects was taken back to the scene of the crime on Wednesday night (inset). Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily, RTHK
The bomb threat was meant to disrupt a Falun Gong conference at the BP International Hotel. One of the suspects was taken back to the scene of the crime on Wednesday night (inset). Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily, RTHK

Five arrested in TST hotel bomb scare

Police arrested five people in connection with the Jan. 17 bomb scare at a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui where Falun Gong members were holding a conference.

The suspects, who were arrested in a series of operations in Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok and Tai Po, have triad backgrounds and were believed to have been hired to disrupt the meeting of the meditation group, Apple Daily reported.

They included two men and three women aged between 25 and 35. The mastermind remained at large, police said.

Police said the suspects were tasked with specific assignments from purchasing gas canisters and other equipment to planting the pseudo explosives at the hotel.

At around 11 a.m. on Jan. 17, a man called the emergency hotline 999 to warn that bombs had been planted at the man’s washroom on the first floor of the BP International Hotel at 8 Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Police evacuated 1,600 people from three storeys of the hotel, including the Falun Gong members.

The bomb disposal unit found a box containing pressurized liquified petroleum gas canisters and timers, but confirmed the package was not a bomb.

The suspects will face bomb hoax charges.

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