A senior civil servant was splashed with an “unidentified fluid” in a dramatic attack over an extramarital affair on Wednesday, according to a report by local Chinese-language newspaper The Sun.

Police confirmed to HKFP the attack occurred on Wednesday morning and that the suspect, a 51-year-old woman, has been arrested.

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Government headquarters in Admiralty.

The victim is a 46-year-old senior executive officer surnamed Wong, police said. According to The Sun, the suspect is the wife of Wong’s colleague, with whom Wong was rumoured to be in a romantic relationship with.

The suspect got through security at the government offices on 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Admiralty by pretending to deliver a birthday present to Wong, the report said.

The woman, holding flowers and chocolates, was led by a staff member to Wong’s office after registering at the lobby. Security personnel did not check her belongings, The Sun said.

When she met the victim, she poured a bottle of brown liquid on her head. The suspect then calmly walked out of the office, took the elevator down to the lobby and left.

Police said the 51-year-old was arrested hours later on suspicion of common assault and criminal damage. She has since been released on bail.

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.