Rhino horns worth $3.1 million seized in Malaysia

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Malaysian authorities have seized about $3.1 million worth of rhinoceros horns flown into the country from Mozambique and Qatar, the latest seizure of the products in Asia.

Malaysia is seen as a major transit point for the trade in parts of the endangered animals to other Asian countries, though Reuters reports an official from the country to say the horns had actually been destined for Malaysia.

Customs officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport found the more than 51 kg of horns on Friday, after a tip-off, packed in wooden crates in a cargo warehouse, airport customs director Hamzah Sundang told a news conference.

No suspects have been arrested so far, with the Malaysian authorities saying investigations are still on-going.

Global trade in rhino horn is banned by a U.N. convention, but it is prized in some Asian countries as an ingredient in traditional medicines to treat everything from fever to cancer.

Last month, Thai authorities confiscated nearly $5 million worth of rhino horns in the country’s biggest such seizure in years.

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