Sabahi (Washington, DC)

10 April 2014

Kenya: Anti-Poaching Unit Formed in Nakuru County

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The Kenyan government has formed a special anti-poaching unit to stop the killing of rhinos in Nakuru County, where six rhinos have been killed since the beginning of 2014, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Wednesday (April 9th).

The team is comprised of officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and various branches of the police, said Nakuru County Commissioner Mohammed Birik.

"We want to deal ruthlessly with the poachers and that is why we have picked the best of our officers from each of the agencies," he said.

The team will monitor activities in the park, gather information and organise operations to catch poachers, believed to part of a network that extends outside Nakuru County, Birik said.

"We have made a breakthrough as we have identified and understood their intricate network and resources through our research and intelligence," he said. "It is just a matter of time before we break this network."

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