Modified mobile phones used to detonate bombs, petrol bombs, weapons including knives found at premises in Tai Kok Tsui, two protesters aged 17 and 23 years old arrested


16th October 2019 – (Hong Kong) Police raided a unit in Tai Kok Tsui yesterday after receiving report that there was an illegal petrol bomb factory. At 7.30pm yesterday, police arrived at the building opposite 8-10, Larch Street and intercepted two men who were believed to be involved in many illegal assemblies. They took two of them to another rented premises at 73-75, Oak Street to conduct a further search. Police then found 6 petrol bombs and ingredients including petrol, thinner, sugar, glass bottles, silver powder and other unidentified powder.

2 modified mobile phones used to detonate bombs were also found. Three drones with devices mounted on top of them to release objects were discovered. Police also found shields, filter cans and masks at the unit. The 17-year-old student and 23-year-old unemployed were arrested for participating in illegal assembly and possession of offensive weapons before. They rented the premises a week ago and police also found 3 long knives, 4 short knives, slingshot, 15 foldable knives, 5 tear gas canisters, 4 signal flare and many tear gas grenades. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau took away the 2 modified mobile phones while police are investigating the source of the explosives and the suspects’ superiors who gave orders.

The two suspects were detained for further investigation.