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Three suspected poachers gunned down, firearms recovered

Date Published: 22 Mar, 2012
Three suspected poachers gunned down, firearms recovered

KWS rangers on patrol in one of the country’s parks. Three poachers have been gunned down and three firearms with 140 bullets recovered in separate incidents this week alone.

Three poachers have been gunned down and three firearms with 140 bullets recovered in separate incidents since Monday.The three suspects from a poaching mission were shot dead in Isiolo after a shoot-out with Kenya Wildlife Service personnel.  In this incident, a firearm and nine rounds of ammunition were recovered. Also recovered were two motorbikes carrying 30 kg of ivory.

At the same time, 22 suspected poachers, including one woman, have been arrested and will be charged with wildlife-related offences in various courts of law across the country. Three vehicles, two motorbikes, two power saws, snares, weighing machine, 27 pieces of illegally acquired timber have  also been recovered.  Four pieces of ivory were also recovered. In two separate incidents in Meru, KWS team arrested three suspected poachers and recovered two firearms, 101 rounds of ammunitions and poisoned arrows. Three suspects escaped and are being pursued.

In two other incidents in Nanyuki, four men and one woman were arrested with 30 rounds of ammunition, a pair of handcuffs and a vehicle carrying zebra meat. They had killed two zebras. Eight suspects were also arrested in different incidents in Narok and Trans Mara. Two power saws, a weighing scale, 27 pieces of timber and hunting gear were recovered. A vehicle was impounded in the Narok operation.

In Tsavo, five people were arrested for illegally mining in the park and their vehicle impounded.

In Trans Nzoia, four suspected bush meat poachers were arrested and a bicycle and hunting gears seized while in Nasolot (West Pokot County), one suspect was arrested with bush meat and poisoned arrows. KWS appreciates the help from the public, other law enforcement agencies, Provincial Administration and other conservation stakeholders which led to the successes in combating wildlife crime. The fight against wildlife crimes continues.
 

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