Hong Kong police defuse pipe bomb, 4 held

Four men have been arrested in Hong Kong after police officers defused a pipe bomb while raiding their apartment.

Officials suspect them to be members of the anti-government protest group after they found Guy Fawkes masks and protective gear used in recent demonstrations in the city.

The men - aged between 21 and 29 years - have also been charged with illegal assembly on New Year's Day.

The bomb is said to be 20 cm-long and weighed 680 grams.

"If the bomb was ... thrown at a car, all the people inside the vehicle would definitely die," Senior Superintendent Chan Tin-chu told reporters.

They also searched a village house in a northern neighbourhood where they found laboratory equipment they suspect could be used for producing explosives.

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