Nine people, six of them high school students, were arrested in Hong Kong – police said, adding that the group is suspected of wanting to build a bomb and commit an attack.
Five women and four men between the ages of 15 and 39 were arrested on Monday (5) for “a plot to use explosives for terrorist purposes,” police said.
“The operation we carried out yesterday (Monday) targeted gangsters who tried to build a bomb in a laboratory inside a house,” said Steve Li, head of a new police unit charged with enforcing the controversial national security law.
According to these sources, to manufacture the bomb, the substance used would be TATP, or acetone peroxide, a potent explosive.
Police said the nine detainees belonged to a small separatist group. In addition to the six students, three adults were arrested. One is a driver, and the other two work in educational centers.
According to Li, the objective was to commit an attack on public places. Potential targets were one of the tunnels connecting Hong Kong with the rest of the territory, the train tracks, or the courts.
The suspects’ plan was to “cause as much damage as possible,” the official insisted.
Police seized small amounts of explosive material, cell phones, memory cards, a manual on how to plant bombs and get out of town quickly, and more than $10,000 in cash.
In 2019, Hong Kong was the scene of massive pro-democracy demonstrations harshly repressed by local pro-Chinese authorities.
Since then, restrictions have increased in this former British colony, mainly under the National Security Act, which prohibits any form of dissent.
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