Claims by a rail passenger that he saw a man carrying a pistol-like object on an MTR train prompted authorities to call in the police’s Counter Terrorism Response Unit (CTRU) on Wednesday.
According to reports, a German tourist called the police saying that he spotted a person holding a gun-like object on a Central-bound train.
It happened at around 5.10 pm, when the evening rush hour was about to begin. The passenger got off the train at Admiralty station, the tourist claimed.
The police then dispatched a team from their counter-terrorism squad for a search.
The officers, along with MTR staff, combed the platforms and concourse areas at Admiralty and Central stations and the nearby premises.
The search didn’t yield results and there was no sign of the “gunman”, Apple Daily reports.
The suspect was described as a man aged between 30 and 40 and 1.6-1.7m in height. He was said to be wearing a red top, black pants and carrying a blue bag at the time.
As per the information received, he had a gun-like object between his thighs, holding it with both his hands, with the “gun” pointing downwards, according to Sing Tao Daily.
Police called on eyewitnesses to come forward and provide any information they may have on the alleged incident.
Some people, meanwhile, are speculating that the alleged weapon on the train may have actually been a pistol-shaped phone case.
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