HK police fire shots in knife attack
HONG KONG: Three people were injured yesterday after Hong Kong police fired shots to stop a knife attack on a man, in a rare case of violent street crime in one of Asia’s safest cities.
Police said those wounded were two assailants and the victim, and that all three were of “South Asian” origin.
“Five to six ... men, with some carrying knives, were attacking another man,” police officer Ma Wai-hing said at the scene in the commercial district of Yau Ma Tei.
“After verbal warnings were ignored, four shots were fired. Two men were shot.” The pair were arrested and hospitalised. Footage uploaded to the Apple Daily website showed an officer pointing a gun at a group of men – some of whom were wielding knives over a man on the ground – before shots were fired.
The officer can be heard yelling “put down your weapon” in Cantonese. – AFP