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Malaysia seizes 18 rhino horns from Mozambique

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) customs director-general Hamzah Sundang, center, inspects the rhino horns that were seized at KL International airport during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017. A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51kg (112 pound) with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) customs director-general Hamzah Sundang, center, inspects the rhino horns that were seized at KL International airport during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017. A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51kg (112 pound) with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysia Custom Director Hamzah bin Sundang, centre, poses with the Rhino horns confiscated at KL International Airport last week, during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017.  A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51 kg with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Malaysia Custom Director Hamzah bin Sundang, centre, poses with the Rhino horns confiscated at KL International Airport last week, during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017. A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51 kg with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) customs director-general Hamzah Sundang, center, inspects the rhino horns that were seized at KL International airport during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017. A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51kg (112 pound) with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) customs director-general Hamzah Sundang, center, inspects the rhino horns that were seized at KL International airport during a press conference in Custom office in Sepang, Malaysia on Monday, April 10, 2017. A total of 18 Rhino horns weight of 51kg (112 pound) with a value of US$ 3.1 million were confiscated on April 7 from Mozambique to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysian authorities say they have seized 18 rhino horns believed to have been smuggled into the country from Mozambique.

Airport customs director Hamzah Sundang says the horns were flown from Mozambique and transited in Doha before arriving at the Kuala Lumpur airport last Friday. He said the horns, which weighed 51.4 kilograms (113 pounds) and worth 13.6 million ringgit ($3.1 million), were declared as art objects in a forged air bill with a fake final destination.

Hamzah said Monday that custom officials made the seizure at the airport cargo warehouse based on a tip and that no arrests were made. Hamzah said the case is being investigated for smuggling of prohibited goods.

Rhino horns are believed to have medicinal properties and are in high demand in Asia.