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Vietnam seizes more than 2 tonnes of elephant tusks from Mozambique

Confiscated ivory is displayed at a chemical waste treatment center in Hong Kong Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Confiscated ivory is displayed at a chemical waste treatment center in Hong Kong Thursday, May 15, 2014. AP Photo/Kin Cheung

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnamese authorities have seized more than 2 tons of elephant tusks illegally imported from Mozambique.

Customs newspaper reported Friday that 2,052 kilograms of ivory hidden in timber in two containers was seized at a port in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.

READ MORE: China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

Officials in Ho Chi Minh City were not available for comment.

Last week customs officers in Hanoi International Airport seized 309 kilograms (682 pounds) of elephant tusks illegally smuggled from Nigeria.

READ MORE: African elephant populations down 30 per cent according to new census

Elephant ivory is used as jewelry and home decorations in Vietnam, which bans hunting of its own dwindling population of elephants.

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