3 hurt as HK police fire shots in knife attack

Police officers examining the scene of a knife attack on a man in Hong Kong's Yau Ma Tei district yesterday. Police say they fired shots to stop five or six men from attacking another man. Two assailants and the knife attack victim were wounded.
Police officers examining the scene of a knife attack on a man in Hong Kong's Yau Ma Tei district yesterday. Police say they fired shots to stop five or six men from attacking another man. Two assailants and the knife attack victim were wounded.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

HONG KONG • Three people were injured yesterday after Hong Kong police fired shots to stop a knife attack on a man in a rare case of violent street crime in one of Asia's safest cities.

Police said those wounded were two assailants and the man being attacked, and that all three were of south Asian origin.

"Five to six... men, with some carrying knives, were attacking another man," police officer Ma Wai Hing told reporters at the scene of the incident in the city's commercial district of Yau Ma Tei.

No further details were given about the attack.

"After verbal warnings were ignored, four shots were fired. Two men were shot," he said.

The pair were arrested and hospitalised with wounds to the forearm and waist. They, along with the knife attack victim, are in a stable condition, the police officer added.

Footage uploaded to the website of Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily showed a uniformed officer pointing a gun at a group of men - some of whom were wielding knives over a man on the ground - before shots were fired.

The officer could be heard yelling "Put down your weapon!" in Cantonese.

The police said that four shots were fired as the first shot was "ineffective" in stopping the attack.

An Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene said that a road intersection was cordoned off around noon, with detectives gathering evidence and two fillet knives lying on the ground. The area was reopened at about 2.30pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2016, with the headline '3 hurt as HK police fire shots in knife attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe