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Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) chairman, William Kiprono speaks during a press conference at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) chairman, William Kiprono speaks during a press conference at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) chairman, William Kiprono speaks during a press conference at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi

Three suspects will appear in court in Kenya today after six elephants, including four juveniles, were found shot dead in a private reserve, in one of the worst poaching incidents for several years.

A wildlife official said that it is thought that the killings were partly motivated by revenge against officials, as the calves, not having tusks, had no value to poachers.

If the poachers "were just pursuing ivory, they would have no reason for killing juveniles. They are trying to hit back at the authorities," the official said in a statement.

The adult elephants had their tusks removed.

A statement issued by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its rangers exchanged gunfire with a group of poachers on Saturday evening after discovering the carcasses on Friday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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