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Monday, January 12, 2015, 11:49

Jimmy Lai's home firebombed

By Reuters
Jimmy Lai's home firebombed

Apple Daily's chief executive officer Ip Yut-kin drives out of the house of media tycoon Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong Jan 12, 2015. (Photo provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai were firebombed early on Monday, Next Media spokesman Mark Simon said.

The first attack took place around 1:30 am local time (1730 GMT Sunday) when an unknown car reversed up to Lai's house and threw an object that exploded into flames when it hit the gates. About 20 minutes later, one or two other incendiary devices were thrown at the gates of Next Media Ltd.

Hong Kong police confirmed they are looking into two incidents, one at a residence on Kadoorie Avenue in Kowloon and one at the offices of Next Media.

Lai, stepped down as chairman of Next Media and as publisher of the popular Apple Daily tabloid in December. He remains the majority shareholder in Next Media, which publishes Next Magazine and the Apple Daily.

He was arrested for refusing to leave an illegal protest site in central Hong Kong last month as police cleared protesters who had shut major thoroughfares in the city for two-and-a-half months.

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