Shenzhen border police have arrested a university student from Hong Kong as he attempted to smuggle 16 replica guns and gun accessories across the border to the mainland, China News Agency (CNA) reported.

The suspect was intercepted last week at the Huanggang border control point after scanners detected metallic, gun-shaped objects in his luggage. The man attempted to flee when officers asked to re-examine his bag. He was later subdued in a parking lot, authorities told CNA.

The Huanggang border checkpoint. Photo:

Sixteen replica guns, along with a silencer, a scope and a cartridge clip, were confiscated by customs officers. Preliminary investigations suggest that the suspect was to be paid RMB$1,000 (HK$1,217) for bringing the weapons across the border.

The report said the suspect is a third-year student at a university in Hong Kong, but did not specify which university.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.