2.38 kilograms of mercury is captured in Mekelle, says a report by government affiliated media – Fana Broadcasting Corporate.
It was captured at Alula Aba Nega Airport and was meant to be on its way to Addis Ababa. The report, however, didn’t release the identity of the suspect, where the smuggled mercury,seemingly, originated from or the circumstances under which it was captured.
Fana Broadcasting cited Ephrem Mekonen, education and communications affair director of Ethiopian Revenue authority, to report that the person who was in possession the liquid metal ( it is also sometimes known as quicksilver) was not detained as the authorities were trying to establish if the substance is real.
After experts in Geological survey and ministry of mining and natural gas established that the captured substance is indeed mercury, authorities are going after the individual who smuggled it.
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