Vietnamese man arrested in Mozambique with 7 rhino horns

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Customs police in Mozambique have arrested a Vietnamese man with seven rhino horns and three ivory bracelets.

An AFP report said Doan Minh, 41, was arrested at Maputo international airport when boarding a flight to Hanoi.

He had passed security check by covering the horns with a special stickers and putting garlic into his luggage to disguise the smell.

Minh said the horns belong to the director of his company.

The Mozambique Ministry of Agriculture estimates the rhino horns would fetch US$2 million on the black market.

It said the horns might have been cut from rhinos killed at Kruger national park and South Africa's cross-border reserves.

Another Vietnamese man had earlier been stopped at the Maputo airport on May 25 with seven rhino horns.

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Vietnam, where rhinos were announced extinct last year, and China are the biggest markets for rhino horns because locals believe they can cure cancer and other diseases.

Authorities from South Africa, which has the highest number of rhinos in the world, said at least 227 rhinos have been killed by illegal poachers in the country so far this year.

Without stronger measures, the country will lose as many as 557 rhinos this year, they estimate.

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