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Coastweek -- Two adults from the small population of increasingly endangered Black rhino in Kenya national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Kenya Wildlife Services have up-scaled Kenya’s ports surveillance in recent days to reign in on smugglers of illicit consignments of wildlife products. A total of 39 foreigners, including nine Vietnamese and 19 Chinese nationals, have been arrested smuggling illegal wildlife products out of the country this year. PHOTOS - KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICES

Vietnamese arrested smuggling five rhino horns at Nairobi Airport

Coastweek -- A 29-year-old Vietnamese national has been arrested trying to smuggle five rhino horns out of the country at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while on transit from Maputo, Mozambique en-route to Hong Kong via Doha, Qatar on Tuesday afternoon.

Le Manh Cuong was however detected and seized by a joint security team comprising of the Kenya Airports Police Unit, Customs officials, Kenya Airport Authority officials, Kenya Airways officials and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials.

He was found in possession of the five pieces of rhino horns weighing 20.1kgs packed in a hand-drawn suit case stuffed with mattresses cuttings to disguise the contraband.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Le Manh had disembarked a KQ749 flight from Maputo and was scheduled to board a Qatar Airways flight QR535 from Nairobi to Doha and later connect to Hong Kong aboard a QR614 flight.

He has been booked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Police Station awaiting arraignment at Makadara Law Courts tomorrow.

Last month a Chinese national was sentenced to serve a total of 31 months in jail after being convicted over charges relating to smuggling ivory from the country by a Nairobi court Wednesday.

A total of 39 foreigners, including nine Vietnamese and 19 Chinese nationals, have been arrested smuggling illegal wildlife products out of the country this year.

KWS has up-scaled Kenya’s ports surveillance in recent days to reign on smugglers of illicit consignments of wildlife products.

Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Mombasa sea ports are an important link on trade routes to international destinations.
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Poacher injured, another arrested in northern Kenya

SAMBURU (Xinhua) -- A suspected poacher was shot and another was nabbed in northern Kenya, local police reported Tuesday.

Police managed to arrest an Indian man with 400 rounds of ammunition and an American made pistol, who was suspected of shooting his Indian colleague.

The divisional police commander, Samuel Muthamia, confirmed the suspect was believed to be the most wanted poacher behind the killings of rhinos and elephants in the northern part of the East African country.

"We are going to arraign the Indian man to the court for the attempted murder and being in possession with illegal arms without permit," Muthamia told journalists in Samburu.

He said the Indian man and three other accomplices abducted their colleague, a former Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger in Isiolo town, after a poaching mission and bundled him into a van before they shot him in the neck from the back side.

Muthamia said the injured managed to escape with the bullet wounds after the van veered off the road during the confrontation with his accomplice.

He said two of the accomplices disappeared into the bush when the police caught up with the Indian man and the injured as they fled from the scene of the incident.

The local police commander said they had also launched a manhunt for the other suspects in order to arraign them in court following the incident.

The poaching menace has brought renewed attention to a crisis that has persisted for decades—the steady decline of Africa’s wildlife due to growing human populations and poverty that has put agricultural communities at odds with wildlife for resources.

Experts also warn that poaching has a profound effect on elephant’s behavior, with survivors of poaching attacks showing symptoms of trauma and stress that result in aberrant and highly aggressive behavior towards local people.

             

 

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