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Three employees were injured in a spate of bleach attacks targeting five different Kai Bo Food Supermarkets in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The first case happened at 1pm in Kowloon’s San Po Kong when a man holding a paper cup entered the store and spilled bleach at the meat counter before running away, Sing Pao reported.

Three minutes later, another man used the same trick at another Ka Bo store in Tsz Wan Shan. Two staff aged 41 and 25 were injured and they sent to hospital for medical treatment.

At 1:25pm, a 60-year-old employee surnamed Wong was splashed with bleach in the Broadway outlet of Kai Bo in Lai Chi Kok. Wong sustained eye and chest injuries and was also sent to the hospital.

Two more cases happened at a branch on Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po at around 3pm and another on Reclamation Street in Yau Ma Tei at 3:30pm.

Police do not rule out the possibility that the five attacks are connected and have classified the cases as criminal damage and assault. No one has been arrested so far.

Lam Hiu-ngai, founder of the supermarket chain, said he had no idea who was behind the incidents, noting that it was the only such attack in the more than 10 years since he opened his first branch, Apple Daily reported.

The only reason Lam could think of was that pork prices in his supermarkets are lower than at competitors’.