Police have arrested 31 suspected triad members who gathered at a housing complex in Tin Shui Wai in preparation for an armed conflict between rival factions of the gang.
The detainees, who were between 12 and 32 years in age, included seven people of Pakistani origin. Among them was a student who was just 12, according to Sing Tao Daily.
They were believed to be members of a gang that has been active in Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai, but were now involved in an internal factional fight.
Officers from the anti-triad squad took action at about 11 pm Sunday after they received information on a planned fight between gang members.
Differences among the gang members are believed to have stemmed from a dispute related to the romantic interests of two clansmen.
The police confiscated four hockey stocks, two baseball bats and four brass knuckles that were purportedly to be used during the fight.
All of the arrested people were charged with illegal gathering and possession of assault weapons.
According to the police, they could call in more people for questioning as an investigation is still ongoing.
Noting the involvement of students in illegal activities, a senior inspector said it is worrying that triad power appears to have infiltrated into educational campuses.
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