Two men have been arrested after a blast at a Hong Kong country park believed caused by explosive material in a poison bait package.
Park volunteer Liu Kwan-kiu, 27, suffered injuries to his left hand which required an 18-hour procedure to re-attach several severed fingers, Apple Daily reported Monday
Tam Lai-hing, 56, another volunteer, was injured.
The suspects, surnamed Ho, 53, and Chan, 55, told police they were hunting wild boar using explosives.
Chan is believed to have made the bomb but Ho said he knew nothing about the explosives, according to the report.
Police were alerted by witnesses who saw the suspects board a vehicle inside the Lion Rock Country Park in Sha Tin district.
The vehicle was later found abandoned in Tuen Mun, about 30 kilometers away.
Police also recovered five animal traps and steel cages from Chan’s home in Yuen Long.
No explosives were found in the poison bait container but there were traces of chemicals which might have caused the explosion, the report said, citing police sources.
Experts said the package might have been a “pressure bomb” which is widely used by poachers in the mainland.
The egg-sized bait is typically filled with inflammable gas and wrapped in duck skin. Sparks created when opening the package could trigger an explosion, they said.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned the practice and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department warned park-goers to keep away from suspicious objects.
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