The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Rangers Retrieve Ak47 Rifle

KENYA Wildlife Service officers have recovered an AK47 rifle from five suspected poachers in the Aberdare Forest. The officers who were on patrol came across the five poachers preparing to cut the forest's electric fence on Monday evening at 7pm.

Central police boss Larry Kieng' told journalists in his office yesterday that the poachers' aim was to kill a rhino or an elephant.

However, all suspects escaped. But the officers recovered the rifle with 10 bullets, an axe, clothes and food. Kieng' said the suspects had salt which they intended to use to attract animals to their trap. He said the officers are still pursing the suspects and they will not rest until the arrested them.

The police boss said they have beefed up security in the forest to stop poaching. Kieng' said they have also beefed up security in estates during the festive season especially in the outskirts of Nyeri town where cases of insecurity have been reported in the recent past. He said police are patrolling Kamakwa, Skuta and Ruring'u day and night to arrest petty thieves.

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