DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Customs officials in Bangladesh's main airport in Dhaka on Thursday seized 12 gold bars weighing about 1.2 kilograms from an arriving passenger's rectum, an official said.

The Customs Intelligence Department official told Xinhua that "We've detained a person with 12 gold bars hidden inside his rectum."

The official who did not like to be named said the man identified as Sharif Ahmed landed here at at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Malaysia on Thursday.

According to the official, the man was interrogated following his abnormal pattern of walking intensified the suspicions.

Later an x-ray revealed the existence of three pouches inside his rectum, he said. The man later pushed them out, he added.

According to the official, the value of the gold bars is about 6 million taka (72,289 U.S. dollars).