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Two poachers shot dead after ivory hunt slaughter

Noor Ali in Isiolo

Published 10/01/2013 | 05:00

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KENYAN police and wildlife rangers have shot dead two poachers who had killed four elephants. The incident comes days after the slaughter of 12 animals sparked outrage.

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Elephant poaching in Kenya declined sharply after 1989 when the government banned trade in ivory. But it has revived in recent years, driven by demand in Asia.

Kenya Police and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said there had been a shootout between security forces and poachers in the Mlango area of the eastern county of Isiolo.

"A team of rangers from the anti-poaching unit (of KWS) and police shot the two poachers and eight tusks were recovered," police said.

On Saturday, a gang of about 10 people killed a family of 12 elephants, including a calf, and hacked off their tusks in Tsavo East National Park, in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in Kenya.

KWS puts the number of elephants in Kenya at a total of just 39,000.

Irish Independent

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