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Hong Kong police make 3 arrests in another explosives case

/ 05:50 PM December 14, 2019
 Hong Kong bomb disposal expert

A police officer from the bomb disposal squad putting on protective gear during a demonstration for media in Hong Kong, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Hong Kong’s much-maligned police force provided a rare behind-the-scenes look Friday at its bomb disposal squad to show the potentially deadly destructive force of homemade explosives seized during months of protests that have shaken the Chinese territory. (Photo by VINCENT THIAN / AP)

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said they arrested three men Saturday for testing homemade explosives that they suspect were intended for use during protests.

The arrests are the latest in a rash of explosives-related cases police say they’ve uncovered since protests erupted in June over a proposed extradition law and snowballed into an anti-government movement.

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On Monday, police said they defused two homemade bombs packed with nails. Police suspect they may have been intended for use against officers. Police said the bombs were to be triggered with cellphones.

In July, police announced the seizure of about 2 kilograms of TATP, which has been used in militant attacks worldwide. Other recent seizures involved smaller amounts of the explosive.

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