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KWS Officers kill armed poacher

12 June 2013, 12:42 John Kioko

A suspected poacher was shot dead while his two accomplices escaped on Tuesday in shootout with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers at Kokani forest.

The officers also recovered an AK-47riffle and 20 rounds of ammunition among other documents belonging to the suspects who ran away during the afternoon incident.

Speaking in Tana Delta district, DC Mike Kimoko said that the deceased was shot dead after he attempted to shoot at the KWS officers. His two colleagues disappeared into the forest.

He said that KWS officers were acting on a tip off from members of public when they found the three suspected poachers roasting meat of a
buffalo they had killed.

The DC added,"The three suspects started shooting at the officers when they saw them instead of surrendering. It was then that KWS officers shot one of the suspects and injured him before they escaped."

Kimoko added that the officers pursued the suspected poachers and found the injured one 100 meters from the scene hiding in a bush and started firing at them before they retaliated.

"Once they discovered that they were being pursued, the suspects opened fire and the officers shot back killing him on the spot," he noted.

The DC said the officers collected the AK-47 which the suspect was using and the munitions together with the body of the deceased.

He said the officers later found documents belonging to the deceased which indicated that he had travelled from Garissa to Tana River county just a few days ago.

"That was a clear indication that these are people who come from outside to continue poaching wild animals in the forest and so we ask members of public to continue cooperating with us," he urged.

He said their aim is to ensure that local residents and wildlife are safe.

"The suspects were targeting elephants but they managed to kill a buffalo which they had started roasting when the officers ambushed
them," he added.

He said that Police will continue looking for the escapees, calling on locals to inform police of any suspicious people in the area.

The DC waned residents against keeping friends and visitors who pose security threat to locals in the area noting that such people will
be arrested and charged if found doing so.

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