Cops seize teenage bomb suspects

Local | Erin Chan 4 Jun 2020

Two teenagers were arrested in connection with an arson case in which a home-made bomb was used at Lei Muk Shue Estate in Tsuen Wan.

The 16-year-old student and a jobless 17-year-old, who had triad backgrounds, were arrested yesterday morning in Kwai Chung.

The duo has been detained for questioning, but no charges have been laid against them as of last night.

Police said there is no evidence suggesting the case has anything to do with the political unrest.

At 5am on May 31, a device exploded outside an apartment on the 24th floor of Wing Shue House in Lei Muk Shue public housing estate.

Three people were inside the flat when the incident occurred: a 51-year-old security guard, surnamed Chan; her 19-year-old daughter; and her 17-year-old son. Chan immediately reported the incident to the police after the trio doused the fire with buckets of water.

Nobody was hurt in the explosion.

Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau were called to inspect and recovered a mobile phone, battery, wires and glass fragments left at the scene.

Leung Wai-yee, a senior inspector of the New Territories South Regional Crime Unit, said the device that exploded was a homemade combustion device but without explosives.

"The device may have been connected to certain chemicals that are yet to be examined," she said.

Leung said that the device is suspected to have been detonated by a timer or mobile phone.

"One of the arrestees is believed to have learned how to set up the device from the internet, and used it against a resident in the estate for retaliation," she said.

She said that police have paid great attention to the case, as it involves the use of a homemade combustion device.

"Arson is a serious offense that is punishable by a maximum penalty of life imprisonment," she said.

Leung also said that the number of cases involving violence has been rising, while offenders are getting younger.

"Lots of information online nowadays teaches youngsters how to breach the law, and they even rationalize and lionize violence," she said.

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