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Kenyan police seize 14 tusks from motorbike riders

Kenyan police and wildlife authorities have seized 14 pieces of ivory from two suspected poachers riding a motorcycle.

The two suspects were arrested on Thursday at a road junction in Busia in western Kenya, the police said in a statement.

A 60-year-old man and his 70-year-old suspected accomplice were being held in custody at a police station awaiting charges, the police said.

Describing the haul, the statement said: “To us and majority of Kenyans who are passionate about the preservation of our national heritage, these are seven elephants of diverse ages killed for ivory, by humans.”

Illegal hunting of elephants for their tusks and habitat loss pose a serious threat to the species.

African elephants are listed as endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, with their population having shrunk dramatically in the last three decades.

However, a crackdown on poaching in Kenya has seen a rise in their numbers since 2014, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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