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Vietnam officials find elephant tusks hidden in Mozambique timber shipment

Published 07/10/2016 | 09:41

Vietnam bans hunting of its dwindling population of elephants
Vietnam bans hunting of its dwindling population of elephants

Vietnamese authorities have seized more than two tons of elephant tusks illegally imported from Mozambique.

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Customs newspaper reported on Friday that 4,524lb (2,052kg) of ivory hidden in timber in two containers was seized at a port in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.

Officials in Ho Chi Minh City were not available for comment.

Last week customs officers at Hanoi International Airport seized 682lb (309kg) of elephant tusks illegally smuggled from Nigeria.

Elephant ivory is used as jewellery and home decorations in Vietnam, which bans hunting of its own dwindling population of elephants.

AP

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