Chinese brothers ‘sought revenge using 500 poisonous snakes’
Two brothers suspected of releasing hundreds of poisonous snakes to seek revenge in a dispute with a local leader have been arrested in southern China.
Guo Gongwei and Guo Gongtian bought the short-tail pit vipers at a market, where they are sold as food and medicine, Guangzhou city police said on Wednesday.
Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported that 500 snakes were released near the home of the village leader, identified only by the surname Song, with whom the brothers were feuding.
Police said the snakes did not hurt anyone.
Authorities say the brothers, who were arrested on Monday and charged with endangering public security, had confessed that they were seeking revenge.
Details of the feud were not released.
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