Anti-triad police probing knife attack on campaign manager

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am

Anti-triad officers are investigating whether a brutal attack on the campaign manager of two district council election candidates in Yuen Long involved triads, and its links to tomorrow's polls.

Police will deploy extra officers in the area on polling day because of the attack, a district commander said.

Ko Keung-wah's attackers chopped off a finger on his right hand. The 59-year-old also suffered at least four deep slice wounds to his back and one to his abdomen, and remained in critical condition last night in Tuen Mun Hospital.

Yesterday, 40 officers from the police tactical unit conducted inquiries door to door in Shung Ching San Tsuen, asking villagers if they had seen any strangers around the time of Thursday night's attack.

Last night police said a 36-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Mr Ko is the village's elected representative. He was attacked from behind by two knife-wielding men while on his way to pick up his wife and son in Fung Yau Street North at about 10pm.

The men, who wore balaclavas, fled on foot before policemen arrived. A bloodstained knife was found at the scene.

Mr Ko is assistant to Liberal Party election candidate Philip Wong Pak-yan and manages his campaign for a seat in Shap Pat Heung North and that of Lam Tim-fook, who is contesting Shap Pat Heung South.

The Yuen Long district police commander, Chief Superintendent Ellick Tsang Choi-on, said: 'We do not rule out the possibility that the attack is linked with the election.'

Police were investigating whether Mr Ko, a retired principal fireman, was involved in any personal or election-related disputes.

Mr Tsang said extra officers would be deployed tomorrow to make the public feel safe to cast their votes.