icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
27 Jan, 2020 08:41

Hong Kong hospital hit by homemade bomb day after protesters set fire to coronavirus quarantine building

Hong Kong hospital hit by homemade bomb day after protesters set fire to coronavirus quarantine building

A small bomb prompted evacuation and temporarily disrupted work at a hospital in Hong Kong. Masked protesters had earlier firebombed a proposed quarantine area for possible coronavirus victims.

The explosive device was hidden in a bathroom stall inside the Caritas Medical Center and went off at around 2:30am on Monday. About 20 patients were evacuated, after which a bomb squad examined the scene. The hospital's emergency department had to limit its work until services were fully restored later in the morning. No one was injured in the blast.

"After the explosion, there was a lot of white smoke, and a small fire," Chief Inspector Kevin Chong Kiu-wai told reporters, adding that the bomb was "not very powerful" and did not cause much damage. The device itself had been placed in a glass bottle before it blew up. It was not clear who was behind the explosion.

On Sunday, masked anti-government protesters threw a Molotov cocktail at an empty public building, where authorities planned to quarantine people who may have contracted the deadly coronavirus that is currently raging in mainland China.

Also on rt.com Cleansing by fire? Hong Kong protesters set QUARANTINE-slated building alight as locals reject any coronavirus patients near them

Hong Kong has seen months of intense protests, which often spiraled into fierce clashes between police and widespread riots. The unrest was originally sparked by a now-defunct controversial extradition bill, after which the demonstrations evolved to include broader demands, including election reform.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!