142 arrested for illegal logging in Kachin

More than 140 people suspected of illegal logging have been arrested in Kachin State, DPA International reported on Tuesday, citing military-run Myawaddy newspaper. The 142 suspects include 102 foreigners, the majority Chinese nationals. Export of teak logs was banned in April of last year, but an official at the forest department was quoted as saying that fighting in Kachin State has made the ban difficult to enforce and fueled the logging trade.