Tuesday 25 October 2016

Tanzania arrests more suspects over killing of British pilot

Published 08/02/2016 | 19:21

Roger Gower was on an anti-poaching mission
Roger Gower was on an anti-poaching mission

Police in Tanzania say they are holding nine suspects over the killing of British helicopter pilot Roger Gower who was on an anti-poaching mission.

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Simiyu regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said Monday that seven more suspects were arrested for the shooting of Mr Gower, who was on a joint operation with Tanzanian wildlife authorities when he was shot.

Mr Gower died on January 29 in Maswa wildlife reserve, near Serengeti National Park.

Mambosasa said some of the suspects identified the man who pulled the trigger. Three elephant tusks and 29 firearms were seized in the operation to arrest Mr Gower's killers.

Tanzania has been identified as a key hotspot for elephant poachers.

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