7 tons of illegally extracted titanium soil seized in central Vietnam

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Police in the central province of Binh Dinh have found seven tons of titanium believed to have been mined illegally, the Tuoi Tre news website reported Monday.

According to the report, police in Quy Nhon Town's Nhon Hai Commune on Sunday night seized 57 sacks of titanium soil weighing some two tons in total from the house of Phan Van Minh, 40.

Minh told police that the mineral belonged to Nguyen Hoang Sa, 30, who had illegally extracted it on Hon Kho Island, and that they were preparing to deliver it to buyers.

Earlier, the commune police had found about 100 sacks of titanium soil weighing over five tons abandoned on the island.

They recorded the finding before dumping it into the sea.

According to Tuoi Tre, despite the local authorities banning titanium mining, some people in Nhon Hai were still illegally extracting the mineral on Hon Kho, affecting sea turtles' egg-laying areas.

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