Home-made bombs meant to “kill and maim” defused in Hong Kong Dec 11, 2019 0 107 12345 Hong KONG: Two highly explosive home-made bombs were found and successfully defused by Hong Kong’s Bomb Disposal Unit on Monday night at Hua Yan College on Hong Kong Island, police said on Tuesday. Police are investigating whether the bombs are in any way connected to the anti-government protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous city for half a year. Addressing the press, Senior Bomb Disposal Officer Alick McWhirter said that the radio-controlled, improvised explosive devices were “complete and fully functional” and ready to be set off via a mobile phone. McWhirter called the seized devices “exceptionally dangerous” and “credible,” adding that they contained 10 kilograms of powerful explosives as well as shrapnel in the form of nails that would have exploded outwards upon detonation. The sole purpose of such bombs is “to kill and to maim people,” McWhirter asserted, adding that had they been used, “they would have killed and injured a large number of people.”Protests first broke out in Hong Kong in June over a now-defunct extradition bill, but the demands have grown to include independent inquiry into police brutality and political reform. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready to send troops to back Libya unity govt Dec 11, 2019 0 542 President al Assad accuses Europe for Syria’s instability Dec 11, 2019 0 860 HK leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit Dec 11, 2019 0 471 ETHIOPIAN PM ABIY RECEIVes NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Oslo, Dec 10, 2019 (AFP) -Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, appealing for unity as ethnic violence flares in his country and reconciliation efforts with .. 2 soldiers, 1 policeman executed by IS group in northeast Nigeria Kano: Jihadists in northeast Nigeria have released a video showing the execution of two soldiers and a policeman, posted online late on Monday by the Islamic State group (IS) propaganda agency Amaq. The video, dated .. Congo policewoman arrested for allegedly shooting a young protester Goma: A policewoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly shooting a young protester dead at close range in the eastern city of Goma, police said. The teenaged boy was killed as angry .. Nine killed and three missing as Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar Antananarivo: Nine people are dead and three others missing after Cyclone Belna made landfall in north-western Madagascar, an official said on Tuesday. Elack Andriakaja, the head of the island state’s disaster .. Two former Algerian prime ministers convicted in corruption case AlgierS: An Algerian court on Tuesday convicted two former Algerian prime ministers and other senior officials to prison in a corruption case. Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years and Abdelmalek Sellal to 12 years in ..