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Kenya: Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns

Kenya: Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns

Nairobi: A 29-year-old Vietnamese national was on Tuesday arrested while trying to smuggle five rhino horns out of the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The man was in transit from Maputo, Mozambique en-route to Hong Kong via Doha, Qatar.

Le Manh Cuong was detected and seized by a joint security team comprising the Kenya Airports Police Unit, Customs, Kenya Airport Authority, Kenya Airways and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Kenya Wildlife Service Spokesman Paul Muya told that he was found in possession of the five pieces of rhino horns weighing 20.1 kgs packed in a hand-drawn suitcase stuffed with mattress cuttings to disguise the contraband.