Lusaka - Zambian authorities on Sunday said they had arrested three Chinese nationals and two locals found carrying pieces of rhino horn at the border with Mozambique.
Parks and wildlife ministry spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe said the five were arrested at the Chanida border post.
They were held for "illegal possession of 25 rhino pieces weighing 32.2 kg," Kalembwe said in a statement.
The origins of the horns could not be immediately confirmed.
Four decades ago, Zambia boasted a healthy rhino population of around 12 000 but by 1998 the animal was declared extinct due to rampant poaching. A few dozen have now been reintroduced into the country.
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