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Togo arrests 3 in massive ivory sting

Tang Yong Jian, a Chinese national accused of possessing raw ivory, stood in the dock in a Nairobi court on Tuesday.
Tang Yong Jian, a Chinese national accused of possessing raw ivory, stood in the dock in a Nairobi court on Tuesday.Credit: Thomas Mukoya/REUTERS

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LOME, Togo (AP) — Police in Togo have arrested three men accused of conspiring to ship to Vietnam nearly two tons of ivory, representing scores of dead elephants, in part of a broader crackdown on the illicit trade that has plagued the West African nation for decades.

The suspects, a 44-year-old Vietnamese man and his two Togolese accomplices, were paraded before reporters Tuesday morning by police, who said they were still investigating where the ivory came from.

Lt. Pierre Awi said the ivory was hidden in a container at Lome port bound for Vietnam. ‘‘The container was loaded with wood that was serving as a cover for a large quantity of ivory in bags underneath,’’ he said.

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