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Crime in Hong Kong

Anti-triad police seize pistol, 700 rounds of ammunition and 18 imitation firearms during raid targeting Hong Kong gangs

  • Operation led by Organised Crime and Triad Bureau focused on 13 locations across the city
  • Seven people arrested for unlicensed possession of firearms and intention to endanger life
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 11:57pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2019, 12:25am

Police have seized a pistol, 700 rounds of ammunition, and a host of imitation firearms during raids targeting organised crime in Hong Kong.

Seven people were also arrested in Monday’s operation, which focused on 13 locations across the city.

In total, 19 weapons were seized, while five men and two women aged between 17 and 53 were taken into custody by officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.

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A police spokesman said those arrested had been taken in for “unlicensed possession of firearms and ammunition” and the “intention to endangering life and possessing firearms or ammunition”.

Police said they seized one pistol, 700 rounds of ammunition – some of which a police source said were real – 11 imitation rifles, seven imitation pistols, two firearm components, and computer equipment.

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Imitation guns can refer to toy guns, air guns and guns that are used in war games. Police have said they need more time to examine the weapons seized to determine what category they fall into.