Six more people were arrested on Wednesday after police officers seized and defused a powerful homemade pipe bomb a day earlier in Mong Kok in an operation that initially led to four people being taken into custody.
According to the police, the six additional suspects were all men, aged 17 to 23, including two students, a kindergarten teacher, a barista and two unemployed people.
They were arrested for offences including suspicion of conspiracy to manufacture explosives, possession of drugs, and unlawful assembly, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The police believed the six as well as the four men who were arrested on Tuesday belonged to a relatively shadowy radical protest group.
The group may have been planning to use explosives in a future public event with the aim of attacking police officers, vandalizing police facilities and intending to cause massive numbers of casualties, according to the police.
Superintendent Suryanto Chin-chiu of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Bureau told media that it was the first time the police had discovered a homemade pipe bomb, which was found in a building on Tung Choi Street.
The senior official noted that such type of bomb could cause serious injuries or even deaths to people nearby after exploding into small pieces.
Attending a Legislative Council meeting on Thursday and responding to lawmakers’ queries, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said the police have cracked five cases involving homemade bombs found in different districts in recent months.
Terming the risk involving such bombs as high, Lee said the city needs to be vigilant against potential terrorism incidents.
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