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Hong Kong: Rioters attacked officers with homemade bomb - police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
October 14, 2019 at 20:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

For the first time since the unrest in Hong Kong began, protesters used a self-made explosive to attack police agents, Deputy Commissioner Tang Ping-keung informed the public at a briefing from the Hong Kong Police headquarters in Wanchai on Monday.

"At around eight PM yesterday one of our vehicles was passing through Nathan Road in Mong Kok, some explosive erupted just two or three metres away from the car. We believe such explosives were intended to attack our officers", he told the press. No casualties were reported.

The superintendent of the explosives disposal unit Suryanto Chin-chiu, who also spoke at the briefing, was alarmed that the preparation of such kind of explosive would have required some chemical background and previous experience, adding that the material is "very sensitive and dangerous", and compared the attack to an act of terrorism.

Hong Kong has been rocked since March by demonstrations sparked by a planned, but now-withdrawn extradition bill. The rallies have evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration.

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For the first time since the unrest in Hong Kong began, protesters used a self-made explosive to attack police agents, Deputy Commissioner Tang Ping-keung informed the public at a briefing from the Hong Kong Police headquarters in Wanchai on Monday.

"At around eight PM yesterday one of our vehicles was passing through Nathan Road in Mong Kok, some explosive erupted just two or three metres away from the car. We believe such explosives were intended to attack our officers", he told the press. No casualties were reported.

The superintendent of the explosives disposal unit Suryanto Chin-chiu, who also spoke at the briefing, was alarmed that the preparation of such kind of explosive would have required some chemical background and previous experience, adding that the material is "very sensitive and dangerous", and compared the attack to an act of terrorism.

Hong Kong has been rocked since March by demonstrations sparked by a planned, but now-withdrawn extradition bill. The rallies have evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration.

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