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Thai customs officials show the seized ivory during a news conference in Bangkok (AP)

Thai customs officials show the seized ivory during a news conference in Bangkok (AP)

The 158 pieces of African ivory were seized last week while an attempt to smuggle then from Kenya into Bangkok (AP)

The 158 pieces of African ivory were seized last week while an attempt to smuggle then from Kenya into Bangkok (AP)

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Thai customs officials show the seized ivory during a news conference in Bangkok (AP)

Thai customs officials have seized around half a tonne of ivory at Bangkok's international airport.

The ivory was discovered on Friday hidden in crates aboard a flight from Kenya. Customs officials displayed the 1,000lb haul today.

One official estimated that the 158 pieces of ivory were from the tusks of around 50 elephants.

The officials said they acted on a tip-off to seize the ivory, which was in six crates labelled as handicrafts. No arrests have been made.

Ivory shipped to Thailand is typically used to make Buddhist carvings or jewellery. Thailand is also a transit point for other markets, including China.

The international trade in ivory was banned by an international convention in 1989 as a measure to prevent the poaching of elephants.

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