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KWS officer sustains injury fighting poachers in Tsavo

Date Published: 26 Sep, 2013
 KWS officer sustains injury fighting poachers in Tsavo

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) anti-poaching unit commander yesterday (Tuesday, September 24, 2013) suffered injuries during a combat with poachers within Washumbu/Jogoo ranches in the greater Tsavo ecosystem.
 He was rushed to hospital where he was treated and discharged for wounds sustained in the gunfight. His colleagues were not injured in the late afternoon incident.
The unit he was leading came under fire from an estimated seven-man-gang yesterday afternoon when conducting patrols in the area. Two axes and assorted personal clothes were recovered from the scene. One gang member is believed to have escaped with injuries.
A mop-up operation has been launched to capture the gang believed to be hiding among cattle bomas in the area.
Meanwhile, a Tanzanian national and his Kenyan accomplice have been arrested and two rifles and a spent cartridge recovered in a village near Solio rhino sanctuary in Nyeri County. KWS rangers tracked the suspects to their hideouts following an intrusion into the rhino sanctuary on Monday night.  The suspects were booked at Nyeri Police Station awaiting arraignment in court this morning, (September 25, 2013)
KWS has intensified anti-poaching operations to weed out threats facing wildlife across the country.


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