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Thailand seizes rhino horns, arrests suspected smugglers

AP  |  Bangkok 

Thai authorities have arrested two Chinese citizens suspected of smuggling rhinoceros horns worth about $300,000 through Bangkok's main airport.

The eight rhino horns weighing a total of 6.2 kilograms (13.6 pounds) were discovered yesterday when airport security X-rayed the suspects' baggage.

The Customs Department said today that the two men were headed to Cambodia after a flight from Zambia that stopped in Addis Ababa and Bangkok.

Horns, blood, skin and urine from endangered rhinoceroses are in high demand across for their use in traditional Chinese medicine.

Thai authorities say they have seized 38 rhinoceros horns worth over $6 million in three cases over the past four years. The suspects face charges of violating customs and wildlife protection laws.

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 18:13 IST