Incident Summary:

04/20/2020: Police personnel safely defused a letter bomb sent to police commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung at the police headquarters along Arsenal Street in Wan Chai neighborhood, Hong Kong, China. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Arsenal Street in Wan Chai neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Public Security Bureau (PSB)
Specific Description Commissioner: Chris Tang Ping-Keung
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device mailed in an envelope and intended to detonate when opened was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Homemade bomb found at Hong Kong police headquarters in parcel addressed to police head," Xinhua General News Service, April 20, 2020.
"Mail bomb sent to HK police chief," China Daily, April 21, 2020.
"Home-made bomb delivered to Hong Kong police chief's office in envelope, though no injuries or evacuation required," South China Morning, April 20, 2020.