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Some of the blades uncovered in the police raid. Photo: Handout

Hong Kong police seize weapons stash, arrest suspected triad member after raid on flat believed to be used as mini-arsenal

  • Suspect, 59, thought to be member of Wo Shing Wo triad; flat was used to store weapons for gang fights with rival groups
  • Police uncover 35 knives, 15 daggers, six catapults and a bag of iron shots

Hong Kong police have arrested a suspected triad member and his girlfriend after seizing a stash of weapons in a raid on a New Territories village home that officers believed was used as a mini-arsenal.

A law enforcement source on Tuesday said intelligence indicated the rental flat in Yuen Long was used by a Wo Shing Wo triad group to store weapons that could be intended for gang fights and showdowns against rivals.

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The weapons – 35 knives, 15 daggers, six catapults and a bag of iron shots – were discovered when anti-triad officers raided the flat at Sheung Yau Tin Tsuen on Fung Cheung Road at about 7.30pm on Monday.

Slingshots were among items seized from the village flat. Photo: Handout

On the premises, police arrested a 59-year-old man – a suspected Wo Shing Wo member – and his 50-year-old girlfriend. The jobless pair were detained on suspicion of possessing offensive weapons.

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Possession of an offensive weapon is punishable by up to two years in jail and a HK$5,000 (US$637) fine under the Summary Offences Ordinance.

The knives and other weapons discovered by police are believed to be part of an arsenal for gang fights. Photo: Handout

As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspects were still being held for questioning. The anti-triad squad of Yuen Long police district is investigating the case.

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The discovery of the cache was made less than 20 hours after four men, including two brothers, were slashed with knives following an argument at a pub in Yuen Long at about 12.30am on Monday. Officers are searching for more than 10 assailants in connection with the knife attack.

Police handled 851 reports of triad-related crimes in the first six months of this year, up 5.1 per cent from 810 during the same period in 2021.