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Police foil Chinese smugglers' attempt to tunnel to Hong Kong

Tunnel stopped just 20m short of its intended destination

Police foil Chinese smugglers' attempt to tunnel to Hong Kong

Picture: BBC News/Reuters

Published: December 26, 2013 05:08 AM GMT

Updated: December 25, 2013 05:19 PM GMT

Chinese authorities have uncovered a tunnel from the mainland to Hong Kong, apparently built by smugglers.

The tunnel, with concrete walls and interior lighting, started under a garage near the city of Shenzhen and stretched for 40m (130ft) under a river and into reed-beds in Hong Kong.

The authorities believe gangs intended to use it to import mobile phones and other electrical goods into Hong Kong.

The semi-autonomous zone has different tariffs to the mainland.

The smugglers could make huge profits by avoiding border fees and taxes.

The tunnel was discovered last week in Changling village on the outskirts of Shenzhen.

Local media reported that a resident had complained about drilling noises that she assumed were part of a renovation project.

Officials described the tunnel as a professional job, estimated to have cost almost $500,000 (£300,000) to build.

It is believed the tunnel was about 20m short of its intended destination, a village on the Hong Kong side of the frontier.

The authorities destroyed the tunnel on Tuesday and a man has been arrested.

Full Story:  Chinese smugglers 'dig tunnel to Hong Kong'

Source:BBC News

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