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Knife attack at McDonald’s outlet in Hong Kong sparks anti-triad police hunt for seven suspects

  • Source says ambush appeared premeditated and meant as warning because attackers only went for limbs of both victims
  • Authorities believe one of two injured men is Sun Yee On triad member
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 5:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 5:27pm

Anti-triad police officers were searching for seven assailants after two men were slashed in a knife attack at a McDonald’s outlet in northern Hong Kong in the early hours of Tuesday.

The predawn incident happened shortly before 4.30am when the two victims, aged 19 and 26, left the McDonald’s outlet at Fortune Plaza Arcade on On Chee Road, Tai Po. Police suspect the older man is a member of the Sun Yee On triad.

About 10 customers and staff members were in the 24-hour outlet at the time of the attack, which lasted less than 20 seconds, according to one police source.

The source said the two men retreated into the outlet with five knife-wielding men in pursuit.

“Inside the shop, the two victims accidentally bumped into a pile of trays loaded with bread and then fell onto the floor before being slashed in the arms and legs,” he said.

The two victims accidentally bumped into a pile of trays loaded with bread and then fell onto the floor before being slashed
Police source

After the attack, the gang of five masked attackers ran out of the shop and fled in two cars driven by the sixth and seventh suspects. Officers mounted a search but no arrests were made.

Initial examination showed the victims were hacked in the limbs and each suffered five to six knife wounds, the source said.

They were taken conscious to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital where the older man was treated and discharged.

The younger victim was later transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin for treatment. Police said his condition was stable.

The source said it appeared to be a premeditated ambush and meant as a warning because the attackers only went for the victims’ limbs.

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Officers were investigating the victims’ backgrounds and reviewing security camera footage to gather evidence and establish the motive behind the attack, he said.

Detectives from Tai Po police’s anti-triad squad were handling the case.

According to official statistics, there were 835 reports of triad-related crimes across the city in the first six months of this year, down 1.8 per cent compared with 850 over the same period last year.