The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Two Poachers Killed As Gun, Tusks Nabbed

TWO suspected poachers have been killed at Kirish area in Archers Post Samburu county. Two others were injured during a gun battle between the KWS officers and the poachers.

Kenya Wildlife officers recovered a riffle and five elephant recovered and at Kirish area in Archers Post, Samburu county.

The officers also recovered five elephant tusks worth millions of shillings.

Isiolo county KWS warden Michael Gichure said the officers got a tip off from the members of the public before laying an ambush.

He said the poachers had hired a taxi to transport the tusks to Isiolo town. "They defied orders from our officers to sstop and resorted to a gun battle," he said.

Gichure said one of the suspects killed is a notourios poacher believed to be behind the killings of rhinos and elephants in the North tourism circuit.

"We believe that these are the same people who killed a pregnant rhino on a Sunday two weeks ago and fled with the trophies," he said.

The killings come two weeks after police killed a poacher at the Lewa Conservancy and a rifle recovered in a foiled poaching attempt.

Gichure said Kenya Wildflife Officers and Conservancy rangers had intensified patrols and upscaled security survelance within and outside the protected areas where they successfully managed to gun down the suspects.

A 17 year old black rhino was killed two weeks ago at Lewa Conservancy forcing the officers to step up the fight against poaching in the areas.

The Poachers invaded well protected Lewa down and hurriedly sprayed 30 bullets killing the rihino on the spot before removing the tusks and fleeing into the bush.The poachers managed to escape unhurt despite hundreds of officers having been deployed to track them down.

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