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The needles were found sticking out of seats on KMB buses.

Bus commuters are being urged to be cautious when taking a seat. This comes after more needles were found sticking out of seats on buses in Hong Kong.

As of Friday afternoon, four separate cases have been recorded over a period of three days, all on routes run by Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB). At least two people have been injured after sitting on the needles.

The fourth and latest needle was found last Friday morning on a number 17 bus. According to a statement from KMB, a male passenger boarded the bus at Kai Yip Estate, heading towards Kwun Tong. He sat down on a seat on the lower deck. When the passenger was preparing to alight around 6.20am, he found a large needle sticking into his trousers.

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He informed the station supervisor at Yue Man Square bus terminus, who reported the case to the police. The passenger was not injured.

Last Thursday, KMB deputy operations director Patrick Pang Shu-hung said that frontline staff have been reminded to check their buses before they enter service. Pang also urged passengers to report anything suspicious to KMB staff and the police.

On Wednesday evening, two female passengers in their 20s were injured in separate incidents when they sat on needles found on buses. The needles were on buses running on routes 41A and 48X. They were found planted in seats on the upper deck of both buses. The two injured passengers were sent to hospital for treatment.

Passengers are being urged to be cautious before taking a seat.

Another needle was also found on Thursday morning on the upper deck of a bus which was travelling on route 81. No one was injured.

In a statement, KMB also said they were paying close attention to the situation, and are cooperating fully with police investigations. KMB has also handed the relevant security camera footage to the authorities.

Police are continuing their investigations, and as of Friday afternoon, no arrests had been made.

Edited by Maligawage Premaratne