5 Chi­nese men raid tombs and 3 die from suf­fo­ca­tion: author­i­ties

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Three Chi­nese men died from suf­fo­ca­tion when they tried to rob an an­cient tomb in the cen­tral province of He­nan, known for its many relic-filled graves, lo­cal author­i­ties said.

Five vil­lagers had en­tered a cham­ber of the tomb near their vil­lage of Chengjiao when three of them fainted from a lack of air, Yiyang County po­lice said in a state­ment posted on Mon­day.

The other two men called for help but at­tempts to res- cue the three said.

One more man fainted dur­ing the res­cue but was re­sus­ci­tated, while the fifth tomb raider fled, po­lice said.

Both men were later de­tained on the charge of rob­bing an­cient graves.

Po­lice did not say what caused the lack of air in the tomb or if the men man­aged to steal any­thing.

Known as a cra­dle of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion, He­nan is fa­mous for the relics buried un­der its vil­lages.

failed, po­lice

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