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32 poaching suspects in custody, rifle and ivory recovered

Date Published: 09 Oct, 2012
32 poaching suspects in custody, rifle and ivory recovered

Assorted weapons, ammunition, ivory and elephant tusks recovered by KWS rangers from poachers in a past anti-poaching operation. 32 poaching suspects in custody, rifle and ivory recovered during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers have arrested 32 suspected poachers and recovered an M16 rifle with nine rounds of ammunition, six pieces of ivory and 300 kg of assorted bushmeat during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country. 

Three vehicles and two motorbikes were impounded during the operations.

In Isiolo County, three suspects were arrested, an M16 rifle and nine rounds of ammunitions recovered on Tuesday (October 2, 2012). A vehicle the suspects were using was impounded. In the same county at Kula Pesa area, a suspect was arrested and 10 rounds of ammunition recovered.

In Narok County at Nainenkojet -Loita area, two suspects were arrested in possession of six pieces of ivory on Thursday (October 4, 2012). A motorbike they were using to ferry the illegal cargo was impounded. Elsewhere in Loitokotok, a suspect was arrested with snared 150kg  of zebra meat. 

Five other suspects, believed to have been on a poaching mission, were arrested in two separate incidents at Mbirikani in Kajiado County and Voi town. In Mbirikani, four armed suspects escaped arrest in an incident that saw their colleague arrested and a vehicle impounded. Another vehicle was impounded in Voi and four suspects arrested on Saturday (October 6, 2012). Investigations into these crime incidents are underway. 

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