Po­lice fire shots in knife at­tack, three in­jured

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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 man be­ing at­tacked, and that all three were of “South Asian” ori­gin.

“Five to six men, some of whom were car­ry­ing knives, were at­tack­ing an­other man,” po­lice of­fi­cer Ma Wai-hing said at the scene of the in­ci­dent in the city’s com­mer­cial district of Yau Ma Tei.

“Af­ter ver­bal warn­ings were ig­nored, four shots were fired. Two men were shot,” he said.

The pair were ar­rested and hos­pi­talised with wounds to the fore­arm and waist. They, along with the knife

at­tack vic­tim, are in a sta­ble con­di­tion, Mr Ma said.

Footage up­loaded to the web­site of Chi­nese-lan­guage news­pa­per Ap­ple

Daily showed a uni­formed 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. –

Po­lice of­fi­cers search for ev­i­dence at the place where po­lice opened fire on a gang of men in Hong Kong yes­ter­day.

Photo: AFP

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