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Firebombs hurled at home of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and Next Media HQ in ‘attack on press freedom’

Published: January 12, 2015
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Source: SCMP

The attack on the home of Next Media boss Jimmy Lai

Masked attackers hurled petrol bombs at the home and media HQ of Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying in what were believed to be coordinated attacks in the early hours of Monday morning. 

In the first attack at 1.45am two men pulled up outside Lai's home on Kadoorie Avenue before one, wearing a surgical mask and a hood to hide his features, set fire to something protruding from a bottle before throwing it at the gates.

The contents of the bottle exploded in flames which were quickly extinguished by security guards.

Five minutes later a similar firebomb was thrown at the gates of Next Media in Chung Ying Street in the Tseung Kwan O indistrial estate.

Security camera footage showed a seven-seater stop outside the entrance before a passenger in the vehicle threw the incediary device. The attackers then drove to another entrance and threw another firebomb.

Two cars suspected to have been used in the attacks were later found torched in Chak On Road in Shek Kip Mei, and Sham Mong Road in Cheung Sha Wan.

Police said the motive for the attacks was still under investigation. No arrests have been made. 

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