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29 suspected poachers arrested, five rifles recovered

Date Published: 04 Jun, 2012
29 suspected poachers arrested, five rifles recovered

29 suspected poachers have been arrested, five rifles and 59 rounds of ammunitions recovered in the past one week. A motorbike, bushbuck meat and eight python skins were also recovered in the same period.  This follows heightened anti-poaching operations by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers across the country. In Ruthirandu area in Laikipia on Wednesday (May 23, 2012), one suspect was arrested and nine rounds of ammunition recovered. In Samburu County in the Oromondei area another suspect was arrested and a G3 rifle with five rounds of ammunitions recovered on Thursday (May 24, 2012). Another rifle was recovered with two rounds of ammunition on Sunday (May 27, 2012).

In Garissa County at Madogo area, a suspect was arrested and an AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of ammunitions recovered. Near Tsavo East National Park around Kilibasi area, a gun fight ensued between KWS rangers and unknown number of poachers on Sunday 27 (May 27, 2012). The gang of poachers dropped a G3 rifle with 16 rounds of ammunition and fled.  A motorbike was recovered at Ngulia near Tsavo West National Park and two suspects arrested Wednesday (May 23, 2012).  Eight python skins were recovered in Machakos County and two suspects arrested on Friday (May 25, 2012).  Two other poachers were gunned down in Mawe Mbili near the Aberdare National Park and their rifle recovered on Friday (May 25).

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