Officers were deployed to protect Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a three-day official visit. Photo: Hong Kong Police, Wikimedia Commons

Amid the heightened security in Hong Kong surrounding Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit, one crafty interloper managed to break through and injured one of the 2,000-strong heavily armed officers on duty.

A bird of prey, most likely a black kite that has a wingspan of 1.5 meters, swooped down and scratched the back of a special task force police officer’s head after he lifted his cap briefly on Tuesday. The talons left two bloody claw marks.

At 1pm, the 28-year-old officer surnamed Ngo from the Task Force Sub-unit of the Kwai Chung Division was standing guard at a slope opposite to the Tsing Yi exit of the Cheung Tsing Tunnel, overseeing the traffic escort unit as it passed, Apple Daily reported.

The officer was treated at hospital and news about the attack had been widely circulated in message groups among the police force, the daily said.

Oriental Daily said the police could only speculate on the bird of prey it was – either a black kite or falcon. A nest was later discovered nearby.

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