Hong Kong police defuse pipe bomb and arrest four for manufacturing explosives


(Reuters) – Hong Kong police said they defused a pipe bomb and arrested four men for manufacturing explosives after raiding an apartment where they found protest-related items such as Guy Fawkes masks and protective gear.

Senior Superintendent Chan Tin-chu told reporters that the discovered bomb was 8 inches (20 cm) long and weighed 1.5 pounds (680 grams). A controlled explosion produced shrapnel that left a hole in the metal door of an elevator in the building, he said.

Police have reported several discoveries of guns and explosives in recent months as pro-democracy protests that escalated in June over a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to China have kept a relentless pace.

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