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Rhino poached in Nairobi National Park as KWS ranger is injured in Nakuru

Date Published: 13 Aug, 2013
Rhino poached in Nairobi National Park as KWS ranger is injured in Nakuru

A white rhino has been killed in Nairobi National Park by poachers on Friday (August 9, 2013) and made away with its horns. The carcass, which had gunshot wounds, was discovered by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers while on routine patrol. 

It is the first such poaching incident in the park in the last six years.
This brings the number of rhinos killed across the country since January to 35. Last year, 29 rhinos were killed by poachers across the country.
KWS security team is investigating the incident with a view of bringing the culprits to book.
Meanwhile, a KWS ranger was at the weekend shot and injured by suspected poachers during a gunfight in Lake Nakuru National Park. The injured ranger and his colleagues encountered two poachers in the park. He was hit when the shoot-out ensued and was evacuated to a hospital in Nakuru town where he is recuperating.
The poachers are believed to have escaped with injuries. 
One .458 rifle, six rounds of ammunition and one spent cartridge were recovered. Other items including meat cutter saw, two cell phones, cleaning rod, pull through, fresh chapatis and Yoghurt, several polythene covers were also recovered. 
The poachers are believed to have escaped with injuries.
KWS security team is combing the area with a view to apprehending the poachers.
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