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Police hold 2 over Great Wall damage

TWO people have been detained for allegedly damaging a section of the Great Wall in Hohhot City, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, police said yesterday.

The two men, surnamed Zhang and Tian, were detained by Hohhot police on Saturday. They are project managers of Hohhot Kekao Mining Co. The firm's gold prospecting team allegedly drilled two holes through the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) Great Wall, a police statement said.

The holes were 5 meters deep and covered a total area of 300 square meters. They were dug into the a section of the wall on Daqing Mountain to the north of Hohhot.

Police formed a special investigation team after the damage was reported on October 27.

The suspects face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of 500,000 yuan (US$73,220) for damaging a state-level cultural relic site.

Five miners received jail terms ranging from one to three years in Inner Mongolia last year for damaging a section of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Great Wall with heavy machinery. To date, they are the only people to be jailed for damaging the Great Wall.


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