The 50-year-old man who stabbed a Hong Kong policeman on the anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule on Thursday was a “lone wolf” who committed an act of terrorism, the secretary said. Security Chris Tang.
Police said Thursday evening they were investigating an attempted murder and suicide after a man attacked a policeman from behind and then stabbed himself in the chest with the knife.
The man was sent to hospital, where he died about an hour later. The policeman, 28, suffered a back injury and a punctured lung and underwent surgery, police said.
Speaking to reporters early Friday, Tang said the stabbing was a “local lone wolf terror attack.”
He said police raided the home of the 50-year-old man, whom he did not identify, and documents on his computer showed he was “radicalized”, without providing further details.
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A crowd gathered at the scene of the attack later Friday afternoon to mourn the man’s death. Dozens of people dressed in black placed white flowers nearby, as officers patrolled the area and searched them.
Security was tight in Hong Kong on Thursday, with thousands of police, along with water cannon trucks and armored vehicles deployed throughout the city.
The anniversary of the handover is when tens of thousands of people traditionally gather to protest against everything from Beijing’s grip on the city to unaffordable housing. Police had banned gatherings this year, citing the coronavirus.
A national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong last year in response to months of pro-democracy protests in 2019 has also discouraged people from rallying. The law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces.
More than ten people were arrested for “possession of a fake firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, desecration of the national flag, dissemination of seditious publications” and other offenses, according to a government statement.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who had just returned from Beijing where she attended the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary celebrations, condemned the stabbing and other illegal acts in a statement.
“After going through months of riots in the second half of 2019, members of the public hate violence and hold the stability of society very dear since the implementation of the National Security Law last year,” he said. she declared.