MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Wednesday they have seized 11
pieces of elephant tusks weighing 50 kgs in a forest in the
coastal county of Kilifi.
Kaloleni divisional police commander said a contingent of
security officers ambushed two men who were selling the ivory
tusks in the forest on Tuesday evening.
Osando said one
suspect was arrested while the other escaped. The suspect, he
said, is being interrogated by the police.
“They were looking
for buyers while hiding in the forest, our officers pretended to
buy and pounced on them,” Osando told journalists in Mombasa,
noting that the police are combing the forest in search of the
other accomplice who escaped.
Police believe the
two are a dealer and a poacher. Osando said three of the tusks
were fresh and the elephants might have been killed some weeks
ago and that the elephants were still youth given the length of
“We have to get the
suspect, we have to fight for our animals, we have to fight this
illegal trade,” said the local police officer.
borders Taita Taveta County which is a home to Tsavo East
National Park and Tsavo West National Park hosting hundreds of
Kenya has been
identified in various researches as one of the leading transit
routes for smuggling ivory out of Africa, with several incidents
of ivory seizures and recovery of wildlife carcasses in recent
decried the entry of organized crime syndicates into the illegal
wildlife trade, most notably of rhino horn and elephant tusks,
has created a crisis situation in many African countries.