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Suspected poachers killed, elephants massacred and firearms recovered
Date Published: 02 Nov, 2010
KWS Rangers inspect the carcass of an elephant that was killed by poachers on the outskirts of Meru National Park.
Three suspected poachers have been killed, four firearms recovered and five elephants killed in two separate incidents in Isiolo and Tsavo in the last one week. More suspects are on the run in both incidents.
In the latest incident last night, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers gunned down a suspected bandit in a fierce exchange of fire on the outskirts of Meru National Park in the expansive Isiolo County.
A major operation is underway this morning to arrest other suspects on the run. They are believed to have sustained injuries from last night’s shoot-out.
Two AK 47 rifles and 30 rounds of ammunition were recovered in the incident at Moliti area, 10 km from Kinna Trading Centre in Garbatulla District, Isiolo County.
The suspects had shot dead an elephant at 6pm and were in the process of hacking off the tusks using axes when the KWS rangers ambushed them.
One KWS ranger was injured in the right shoulder during the shoot-out and evacuated to Maua Methodist Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
Doctors said his condition is stable. Plans are being made to airlift the injured ranger to Nairobi for specialised treatment in the course of the day.
A suspected poacher is being interrogated in Voi after being arrested in an incident on Tuesday (October 26, 2010) where two of his accomplices were killed. Three others escaped and one AK 47 rifle was recovered.
KWS rangers engaged the suspected poachers in a shoot-out in Galana ADC Ranch, and killed two of them on Tuesday. They recovered two pieces of ivory buried in the sand. The suspects were found with five more pieces.
The suspect in custody was arrested on Saturday (October 30, 2010) in Ngao area of Garsen District with a G 3 rifle, having walked 100 km from the scene of poaching in Galana.
For further information and interviews on the incidents (TV and radio), please contact Mr Samwel Tokore, the KWS Staff Officer Operations on 0722930646