Suitcase blown up amid bomb fears

Local | Erin Chan 21 Apr 2021

Police, aided by a robot, blew up a suspicious suitcase outside the parking lot of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital amid bomb fears yesterday.

The suitcase, 60 centimeters in length and 30cm in width, was found near a rubbish bin opposite the parking lot of the Chai Wan hospital.

At 1.09am, officers on patrol discovered the suspicious suitcase and the explosive ordnance disposal bureau was immediately alerted.

A section of Lok Man Road between the hospital and Chai Wan police station was briefly closed as officers from the bomb squad deployed a bomb-defusing robot there and then.

The officers retreated around 4am, taking away fragments of the suitcase for inspection.

No evacuation was ordered throughout the incident.

Chai Wan division commander Chiang Shui-ching said the suitcase was empty with no explosives or any writing in it.

He said police noticed posts circulating on social media early yesterday that claimed bombs would be placed at police stations or hospitals.

"The police force is extremely cautious after receiving a report about the suitcase, deploying officers from the explosive ordnance disposal bureau to the scene following a primary investigation," she said.

She appealed to people not to litter, place items or commit any wrongdoings that would disrupt social order.

The case has been classified as "suspicious object found" and is being investigated by Eastern police unit.

Police also defused a mortar shell found on a slope of Yuet Ngar Valley in Tuen Mun on April 10.

The shell, 40cm in length and 8cm in diameter, was found by hikers at the hiking hotspot.

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