A 16-year-old was left hospitalised on Saturday after being beaten up by a group of men in the public space atop the IFC building in Central.

“One of the males in the gang approached with a knife and demanded a vape,” the teen’s mother, who did not wish to be named, told HKFP.

The Center (left) and IFC (right). Photo: Wikicommons

She said her son replied that he did not smoke, but was then set upon by the men.

“At the time of the attack, he was sitting alone with another teen (girl) who was not harmed. Neither of them knew the attackers,” she added.

Police told HKFP that they received a report about an attack by three men. “The case is classified as ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm (AOABH)’ and is being investigated by the District Investigation Team 3 of Central District. No person has been arrested up to this stage,” a spokesperson said.

The teen’s father said he had believed the city was safe. “We’ve lived in Hong Kong for 20 years and raised our kids here, and one of the main reasons we’ve stayed is because it’s been a fundamentally safe city. This makes us question if that’s still the case.”

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