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Two poachers killed in night gun fight at Mweiga, smugglers arrested in Nairobi

Date Published: 01 Nov, 2012
Two poachers killed in night gun fight at Mweiga, smugglers arrested in Nairobi

KWS spokesman Paul Mbugua (forefront) display ivory and firearms recovered from poachers to journalists in a past press conference. Two suspected poachers have been gunned down in a fire fight and a G3 rifle with seven rounds of ammunitions recovered in Nyeri Thursday morning.

Two suspected poachers have been gunned down in a fire fight at Solio Ranch near Mweiga Township, Nyeri County, early this morning and a G3 rifle with seven rounds of ammunitions recovered. In Nairobi County, three suspects have been arrested trafficking ivory in two separate incidences early this morning (November 1, 2012).

In Nyeri County, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers encountered the gang of two entering the sanctuary, known to conserve rhinos, at wee hours when a gun fight ensued. The suspects are believed to have been on a poaching mission in the sanctuary. They had not managed to poach any wildlife. Assorted poaching weapons were recovered from them. Scene of crime police are continuing with investigations into the incident. 

In Nairobi County, a 55 year-old man holding a Congolese passport was arrested late last night and 2.4kgs of worked ivory seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while on transit from Duara, Cameroon, to Hongkong aboard a Kenya Airways flight KQ576.

Last week, a 50 year-old man holding a Chinese passport was arrested and a piece of ivory seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while on transit from Lumbumbashi, DRC to Bangkok, Thailand.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the Congolese man was hiding worked ivory in his luggage and declared as “personal effects”. However, it was detected and seized by a joint security team comprising of the Kenya Airports Police Unit, Customs officials, Kenya Airways officials and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). He was booked at the JKIA police station waiting arraigning at a Makadara Court.

Elsewhere in Nairobi County, six suspects are in police custody after they were arrested trafficking 255kgs pieces of ivory in three separate arrests by Kenya police and KWS officials in a joint operation.

In the first incidence, two suspects were arrested at Makindu, along Mombasa – Nairobi highway and 12 pieces recovered. Three other suspects were arrested along in South C are with four pieces of ivory. The suspects later led police to a house in a Nairobi city suburb that led to more arrests. An unoccupied vehicle was later recovered in Eastleigh area and 12 pieces of ivory recovered. Three vehicles used to ferry the cargo have been impounded at Nairobi Area Police Station. 

The suspects have been taken to KWS headquarters for further interrogation. They will be booked at Langata Police Station awaiting arraignment at a Kibera court on Friday (November 2, 2012).

 

 

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