Three Poachers Shot Down And Killed Trying To Murders Elephants

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Three poachers were killed in a firefight last week after a wildlife patrol caught them trying to hunt elephants.

The incident took place last Thursday (May 31) at the Mt Elgon National Park in Kenya where a shootout ensued between the group of poachers and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) were on patrol.

It is believed the poachers, who intended to hunt and kill elephants for their tusks, were from Uganda. It is believed they snuck into the park prior to the fateful shooting.

Speaking to The Standard County Commander Samson ole Kine said:

KWS officers were on patrol inside the park when they spotted the poachers. A fierce shoot-out ensued and three of the poachers were gunned down while two others escaped. AK-47 rifles were recovered.

Kine also added that no one from the KWS patrol was injured in the deadly shootout which lasted for more than 30 minutes.

Prior to the shootout, in a bid to deter poachers from entering the wildlife park security has been beefed up along the Kenyan-Ugandan border, according to County Commissioner Erastus Mbui who also spoke to The Standard.

He explains:

More officers have been deployed to conduct regular security patrols at the park and ensure wildlife is protected from the poachers. We urge communities around the park to report people they suspect to be on a poaching mission.

Recently the KWS transported two lions and a hyena to the Kitale Nature Conservancy in an attempt to boost the declining tourist numbers.

More to follow…

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