Egyptian national arrested with 6.5 kg gold from Kathmandu airportTwo Sudanese nationals, who accompanied the man, were also held, police said.
Police have arrested an Egyptian national with 6.5 kg gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport in the wee hours of Sunday.
Two Sudanese nationals, who accompanied the man, were also held, police said. The trio had landed in Kathmandu from Dubai through a flydubai flight.
According to Deputy Inspector General Arjun Chand Thakuri, the chief of Tribhuvan Airport Police, the gold was recovered at 12:45 am after the man left the customs area undetected.
“We were tipped off. The semi-liquid gold was concealed in a jacket,” said Chand.
Chand said the Sudanese nationals were arrested as they had accompanied the Egyptian national.
The incident comes two days after a 14.5 kg gold haul at the airport. On Thursday, customs officials arrested a man from the airport with around 14 kg of gold. Chandra Ghale of Gorkha was held at the airport soon after he landed in Kathmandu on a flydubai flight.
The smuggling incidents come in a series of gold smuggling cases over recent days and months.
In October, the government formed a high-level commission to conduct a detailed investigation into the incidents of gold smuggling in the country.