Incident Summary:

1/28/2001: An HKT Pacific Century CyberWorks public pay-phone exploded at the junction of Tin King and Ming Kum roads, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong. Upon investigation, authorities determined that the blast was caused by small explosives. Two men were taken into custody in connection with the Tuen Mun explosion, as well as two other phone booth explosions. The motive behind the incident is unclear.



Hong Kong

East Asia

region/u.s. state:

New Territories

Tuen Mun

Location Details:
A phone booth located at the junction of Tin King and Ming Kum roads

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Phone booth
Specific Description HKT Pacific Century CyberWorks public pay-phone
Nationality of Target Hong Kong
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A small explosion in a phone booth that left chemical debris
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information One source mentions a third suspect that was taken into custody but implies the suspect was involved in other bombings, and not the HKT phone booth bombing.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Eddie Luk, "Pay-phone explosion sparks safety checks," Hong Kong iMail, January 30, 2001.
Clifford Lo, "Explosives caused phone-box blast'," South China Morning Post, January 30, 2001.
"In brief - Suspect with bombs detained amid phone-booth blast alert," South China Morning Post, February 3, 2001.