(From Reuters)

Hong Kong police arrested nine people and seized suspected explosives, authorities said on Monday, as the city goes on high alert ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package that sparked widespread protests last year.

Alleged bomb parts
Alleged bomb parts

As tensions run high before debate in the Legislative Council begins on Wednesday, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said it was investigating allegations by an unnamed legislator that he was offered a bribe to vote for the package.

The overnight police raids involving scores of officers came three days after police warned they were monitoring on-line activity to track anyone planning to incite violence. Dozens were on patrol on Monday near government headquarters, where metal fences have been erected. Read more

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