Five Vietnamese ivory smugglers arrested at Nairobi airport (Kenya)

  • By ELI
  • January 25, 2013

Kenyan authorities have arrested five ivory smugglers holding Vietnamese passports as the East African nation stepped up anti-poaching measures.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the five suspects were arrested on Tuesday night at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while on transit from Luanda, Angola to Bangkok, Thailand, aboard a Kenya Airways flight KQ771.

The KWS announcement comes in the wake of Jan. 15’s seizure of 638 pieces of ivory worth 1.16 million U.S. dollars at the port of Mombasa which were destined for Indonesia from Tanzania while disguised as ornamental stones.

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