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Three poachers gunned down in a foiled poaching bid

Date Published: 25 Jan, 2013
Three poachers gunned down in a foiled poaching bid

Three poachers gunned down in a foiled poaching bid NAIROBI, KENYA (January 25, 2013). Three of a four-man gang believed to have invaded Shimba Hill National Reserve on a poaching mission have been gunned down. The fourth gang-member escaped with injuries in the Kwale County based ecosystem on Thursday (January 24, 2013).

A male adult elephant which was trapped with snare wire on the leg and pierced with arrow wounds with tusks intact was recovered. Two spent cartridges of 7.62mm calibre, arrows, and assorted foodstuffs and utensils were also recovered.

KWS officials had been pursuing the gang in the last four days following information volunteered by members of the public in the ecosystem located 30 km southwest of the coastal city of Mombasa.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers were not hurt in the early morning shoot out. Operations are underway in search of the gang-member who escaped. Police from Kwale visited the scene of crime and are helping with further investigations.

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