A police manhunt is under way for a gang of attackers who assaulted two men with bamboo poles on a Hong Kong street in the early hours of Wednesday.
A video circulating online shows several assailants beating the two victims with one- to two-metre-long poles as they lay in the road, trying to shield themselves from the blows with their arms.
The footage also captured the aftermath of the attack, showing one of the victims lying on the ground with his face covered in blood when police arrived.
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Officers were called to Yee Kuk Street in Sham Shui Po after receiving a report of fighting from a passer-by at 1.41am.
One of the victims, a 37-year-old man, suffered injuries to his forehead, right forearm and right knee. According to police, the other man, aged 36, was his colleague, and was experiencing pain all over his body after the attack.
The pair were taken to Caritas Medical Centre in the same district for treatment.
Officers combed the area, but no arrests were made.
Police are searching for eight to 10 men in connection with the attack, according to the force.
A police source said the two victims had been heading home after a night of heavy drinking at the time of the attack.
“We believe they had had a dispute with the others while on the way home, and then they were assaulted,” the source said.
The bamboo poles used in the attack were recovered at the scene, and officers have checked surveillance camera footage from the area to gather evidence.
Detectives from the Sham Shui Po criminal investigation unit are handling the case.
In 2020, police dealt with 3,514 reports of serious assault across the city. There were 3,902 cases the previous year.
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