Aug 01, 2013

    11 hurt in cleaver attack on HK bus

    A 57-YEAR-OLD man attacked passengers on a moving bus in Hong Kong with a meat cleaver yesterday, injuring 11 before he was finally subdued by passengers, police said.

    The rare and bloody assault, in a city that is usually considered one of the safest in the world, resulted in 11 people being hospitalised, with one victim losing her little finger.

    The attack occurred at around 7.30am local time on a highway in the rural Tuen Mun district of the city, on board a bus hired by a local fruit company to ferry employees to work.

    "The man suddenly attacked a few of his female colleagues and a male colleague who were sitting in the back rows of the bus, a few minutes after it set off," police inspector Kelvin Ip told reporters.

    "We found a cleaver, which we suspect to have been used to attack the people, at the scene," he told reporters, adding that there was blood on the knife.

    Other passengers on the bus eventually subdued the attacker, who was also injured before being arrested later, he said.

    Of the 26 people on board the bus, 10 women and a man were injured in the attack.

    Local news images showed distraught victims sitting by the side of the road, with the suspect hooded and handcuffed inside the bus, wearing a blood-splattered T-shirt and khaki pants.