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Ten arrests were made and weapons and suspected drugs seized after police carried out a raid in Kowloon on Tuesday.

Around 10pm,  50 police officers from Sham Shui Po Police Station and Kowloon West Regional Police Headquarters raided two shacks under a flyover on Tung Chau Street. They confiscated various weapons and suspected drugs, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Police seized six knives, one hacksaw, two steel poles and nine grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Seven men and three women aged between 31 and 47 were arrested for possession of weapons and suspected drugs. Of the ten, eight were South Asian and African, and five were asylum seekers.

Police believe triad organizations used the shacks for storing weapons.

Formerly a wet market area, it became occupied by street people in the 1990s. Five years ago, asylum seekers from South Asia and Africa began to move into the area. There are now approximately 200 shacks housing around 500 people.

Since December of last year, the Home Affairs Department has engaged in clearance operations. So far, nine illegal squatter structures have been demolished.

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