Police launch probe after needles planted in bus seats

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Someone appears to be booby-trapping bus seats in Hong Kong.

Police are looking for culprits after the discovery of four needles planted in seats on separate KMB double deckers, two of which injured passengers.

The buried pins were found sticking out of seats in the last few days, and that the latest needle was spotted on the number 17 bus this morning, HK01 reports.

According to Ming Pao, a male passenger got on the bus at 5:45am this morning and discovered — as he prepared to get off at his stop in Kwun Tong at about 6:20am — that his trousers had caught a needle that was in his seat. The needle did not pierce his skin.

The spate of needles on bus seats began at about 6:40pm on Wednesday evening when one was found aboard the 41A from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsing Yi, when a woman hurt her hip on a needle on the vehicle’s upper deck, wrote Apple Daily

About an hour later, another woman suffered a needle injury to her thigh, on the upper deck of the 48X between Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan.

Then, on Thursday morning about 8:20am, passengers aboard an 81 bus between Sha Tin and Jordan found needles embedded in a seat, The Standard reported.

The newspaper also reported the same phenomenon was spotted earlier this year, in photos circulated on social media in January and February.

In a statement on its website, KMB “strongly condemned” the placement of needles on its buses. According to reports, the company checked other buses for suspicious objects in the wake of the discoveries.

KMB deputy operations director Patrick Pang Shu-hung told the SCMP the matter had been referred to police.

The two female passengers, aged 28 and 27, were treated at Kwong Wah and Yan Chai hospitals, respectively, for minor injuries.

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