France24 Publication Observer

More than a thousand rare birds have been intercepted by customs officers at Bangladesh’s Hazrat Shahjalal International airport in Dhaka after a trafficker attempted to smuggle them into Pakistan.

Police arrested Ahmmed Shaikh Wahid on July 3 as he was boarding a plane to Pakistan. According to customs authorities, he had used a fake veterinary certificate to register four cages full of rare birds in the luggage compartment, including endangered species like Blossom-headed parakeets and Scaly-breasted Munias. Wahid apparently bought the birds from a Pakistani poacher in Dhaka. . . .

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