98 kilos of elephant tusks seized at Hanoi airport

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Elephant tusks found at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on April 22. Photo credit: Duy Tan/Tuoi Tre Elephant tusks found at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on April 22. Photo credit: Duy Tan/Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport customs on Friday seized 98 kilograms of elephant tusks in a consignment on a Turkish Airlines flight that arrived in the Vietnamese capital on April 6.
Customs officers scanned two suspicious carton boxes and found a total of 105 elephant tusks.
The consignment had been transported on flight TK6562, local media reported. It remains unclear where the tusks were from exactly.
According to Turkish Cargo's website, its freighter network reaches more thạn 50 cities and Hanoi is connected with Istanbul via Tehran. 
Flight tracking website Flightaware named Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan as the departure airport for flight TK6562.
Noi Bai Airport Customs have sent the tusks for examination to determine the elephant species before taking further actions.
Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed destroying all elephant tusks and rhino horns seized from illegal traders.
So far, all seized elephant tusks and rhino horns have been kept in storage.

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