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Crime in Hong Kong

Bleach attacks: meat spoiled and employees hurt as five branches of Kai Bo Food Supermarkets hit in less than three hours

First two shops were 400 metres apart, but third was almost 9km away

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2018, 6:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 11:19am

Five branches of a Hong Kong supermarket were hit by bleach attacks over the course of about 2½ hours on Wednesday afternoon.

The first incident happened at 1.17pm, when a man poured bleach onto meat in the Po Kong Village Road outlet of Kai Bo Food Supermarket in Tsz Wan Shan and ran out.

Three minutes later, a second branch on Yuk Wah Crescent, about 400 metres away, was also hit.

“A man entered the supermarket and threw bleach over three employees before running out of the shop,” a police spokeswoman said. Meat worth about HK$3,000 (US$380) was also splashed with the liquid.

The members of staff were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment.

At 1.25pm, bleach was splashed onto an employee in the Broadway outlet of Kai Bo on Mei Foo Sun Chuen private housing estate in Lai Chi Kok – almost 9km away from the first two attacks.

Again, meat was also spoiled and the employee went to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.

Almost two hours later, at 3.16pm, police were called to another branch, this time on Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po, after staff discovered pork had been spoiled. CCTV footage showed a man pouring liquid on the meat and running away, police said.

A man later left a bag containing bleach on a table in a fifth branch on Reclamation Street at 3.48pm.

Police were searching for a possible connection and motive behind the attacks.

The supermarket did not provide comment.