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Sha Lo Tung Fung Yuen - hillside grave 沙螺洞鳳園-山邊的墳墓
Hong Kong

傷者指賊兇悍好似尋仇 刀槍蛇匪劫行山客 【本報訊】六名打扮成行山人士的蛇匪,昨在大埔沙螺洞附近匿藏在山邊的墳墓,乘九名行山男女路過時,撲出亮刀槍截劫,其中一名遇劫臈師被匪用鐮刀架頸,再遭推跌地上受傷,送院時以「好似尋仇咁!」形容蛇匪的兇悍。九人合共被劫去近五萬元財物,警方昨晚十時許在沙頭角公路一輛小巴上拘捕四名偷渡客,正調查是否與劫案有關。     遇劫人士包括六女三男,昨日中午分別駕駛三輛私家車停在大埔沙螺洞盡頭,啟程行山並參觀約有三百年歷史的客家村,下午四時四十九分,各人遊覽完畢回程時,行至一處山邊,突然有六名操內地口音的蛇匪由路旁墳墓跳出,喝令各人停步。   警陸空搜索     六名蛇匪其中三人分持手搶、鐮刀及利刀,來勢洶洶,各人不敢反抗,其中一名持鐮刀的蛇匪,箍尠行在最後的三十六歲男臈師戴×帶頸部,用鐮刀架尠其頸,戴及三十三歲妻子何×儀,立刻交出身上所有財物,戴更遭推倒跌在地上,手肘及腳受傷。     匪徒掠去各人的手機、數碼攝錄機、數碼相機、飾物、現金等逃去無蹤,各人奔至停車處登車,駕駛到一百公尺外致電報警,戴由救護車送院。警方派出大批警員帶同警犬到場在一帶山坡搜索,政府飛行服務隊直升機亦在上空協助搜捕蛇匪。     沙螺洞是大埔一處五十多公頃的小盆地,內有風水林、小溪、草地、荒廢農田及客家村等,是繼米埔後最重要的保育地帶,其中最著名的客家村,由張屋、李屋、老圍三條已破落古舊村落組成

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Tags: sha lo tung; fung yuen; hillside grave; 沙螺洞; 鳳園; 山邊墳墓
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