Three arrested as cleaning shed yields arsenal of air guns and knives

Michael Shum

An arsenal of replica firearms was seized by police during a clean-up operation ahead of the 25th anniversary of the surrender on Friday.

Three suspects – including a 17-year-old high school student – were arrested after police raided a number of premises, where they seized 38 replica firearms, eight knives, an expandable baton, gas masks and anti-government flags and newspapers.

The three suspects, aged 17 to 44, are being held. There may be more arrests, police said.

At a press conference yesterday, Chief Inspector Chan Ka-ying of the New Territories South Regional Crime Unit said officers had spotted people selling gas masks, breathing filters and weapons .

After an investigation, officers arrested the high school student at his home in Kwai Chung, where they found two airsoft guns, an extendable baton, a folding knife, a folding hammer, a gas mask and breathing filters, a said Chan.

A flag with the slogan “Free Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Time” – often used by protesters during the 2019 anti-fugitive movement – and newspapers printed with anti-government slogans were also found at the student’s home, said she added.

“Police are currently investigating the source of these articles, the accomplices and if there are people controlling the youths to participate in illegal activities,” Chan said.

In a separate case, Chief Inspector Li Muk-yik of the Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit said his team raided a residential unit in Sham Shui Po and found 27 airsoft guns, nine of which were long. rifles and 18 pistols, 56 ammunition magazines and three military knives. . A 44-year-old man, who claimed to be a delivery man, was arrested.

New Territories West Regional Crime Unit Chief Inspector Tsui Ka-wing said they raided a residential unit in Tin Shui Wai and found nine modified airsoft guns, including three rifles and six handguns.

Officers also found 18 magazines, three military knives, gas masks and breathing filters, and two anti-government flags. They arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man, she said.

Chief Superintendent Ho Chun-tung of the police’s Organized Crime and Triads Bureau said there was currently no evidence linking the three suspects.

Separately, Ho said police arrested six other men in connection with a shooting and machete attack in Central earlier this month, bringing the number of people detained in the case to 16.

But officers have yet to recover the weapon involved and are unable to confirm the person who fired it and its source, he said.

The six people arrested yesterday were part of a group that fired. It included the registered owner, driver and passengers of the vehicle involved.

“Police have charged eight men with attempting to injure with intent and possession of offensive weapons, and six others are currently in police custody,” Ho said.

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