In Summary
  • A total of 353 transport containers of the timber - worth nearly $250 million (£193 million) - had been stolen in April from an overall quantity of 392 containers.
  • Gabon’s President Ali Bongo earlier promised that all those involved in theft would be punished.

Millions of dollars' worth of a protected kind of wood that went missing earlier this year after being confiscated by authorities has now been recovered, a senior Gabonese prosecutor says.

Kevazingo wood is native to Gabon's Congo Basin. The rare tree, which can take 500 years to grow to its full height of 40 metres (130 feet), is highly valued in Asia but is illegal to fell in Gabon.

A total of 353 transport containers of the timber - worth nearly $250 million (£193 million; Sh25.3 billion) - had been stolen in April from an overall quantity of 392 containers.

Those 392 containers had been seized by authorities at the port of Owendo a month earlier.

But with 200 containers now recovered, there are still 153 unaccounted for.

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