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Armed thieves arrested for trying to steal endangered timber

Update: May, 11/2015 - 08:13

Wood and guns seized from the gang. — Photo

THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — Border guards in central Thua Thien-Hue Province nabbed 11 armed men with nearly five tonnes of rare timber on Friday in mountainous A Luoi District.

The gang, including three local men and eight residents of neighboring Quang Binh Province, had 4.5 cu.m of hopea pierei, an endemic tree listed as endangered species.

The tree is only found in parts of Viet Nam and neighboring nations. It's timber is considered so good that loggers have nearly wiped the species out.

Border guards seized the wood, a motor boat, two guns and bullets. According to Major Ho Sy Hoa, head of the border guard unit, one of the men admitted buying the wood for local use. — VNS

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