Police have confirmed today that some of the suspects arrested on the Sunday raid were self-proclaimed members of a ‘local radical group’.

In a press conference, Chief Police Superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau Au Chin-chau said nine Hong Kong citizens, five male and four female aged 21 to 34, were arrested in the Sai Kung raid. He said they were arrested on the suspicion that they had conspiracy to manufacture explosives.

He refused to disclose the name of the ‘radical local organisation’ because the disclosure could affect the investigation.

Hong Kong Police Force holding press conference on Sai Kung raid. Photo: iCable

Police said that several kilograms of solid and several litres of chemicals related to manufacturing explosives were among the items found during the raid, including the chemical Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), which is commonly used to make improvised explosives.

TATP was used in the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack in London and has been given the nickname “Mother of Satan”

Police said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau detonated some of the chemicals at the site following evaluations that some of them were unsafe.

Police Superintendent Au said maps showing locations in Wan Chai and Admiralty, thinner and V-masks from the film V for Vendetta were among the items confiscated by the police force.

The Government Headquarters compound, including the Legislative Council that will vote on the highly controversial political reform bill later this week, are located in Admiralty.

Au said TATP was also found at the home of one of the suspects. The procedures of making tear gas and the chemical formula for making smoke grenades were stored in the phone of another arrested suspect.

In a subsequent raid, three males and four females were arrested. Some also admitted to being members of the ‘local radical group’.

Au said that further arrests may be made, and emphasised the authorities would look into all possible lines of inquiry.

Police Superintendent Au Chin-chou. Photo: iCable

Au said that manufacturing explosives was a very serious crime, and could lead to 20 years imprisonment for those convicted.

He also appealed to the public to abide by the law while taking part in public activities, saying “we will not tolerate any act that affects public order and public safety.”

Eric Cheung

Eric is currently a Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. Eric has his finger on the pulse of Hong Kong events and politics. His work has been published on The Guardian, Reuters and ABC News (America).