Rhino horns stolen from museums

The Walloon daily ‘Vers L’Avenir’ reports that two rhinoceros horns have been stolen from the African Museum in Namur. This is the latest in a series of similar thefts from Belgian museums. The rhino horns were stolen from the museum on 2 August. Two men distracted a security guard at the museum, allowing an accomplice time to take the horns.

It wasn’t until two days later that it was realised that horns were missing.

Previously, animal horns have been stolen from the Natural History Museum in the Brussels municipality of Elsene and the Zoological Institute in Liège.

According to Europol, a rhinoceros horn can fetch between 20,000 and 200,000 Euro on the black market in Asia.

In countries such as China, rhinoceros horns are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.