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Poacher shot dead in Laikipia

01 April 2013, 17:47 James Kabotia

Kenya Wildlife Service intelligence team jointly with the Kenya Police recovered three AK47 rifles and 117 rounds of ammunition after shooting down a poacher in Laikipia.

The team led by Laikipia East police boss Joshua Lutukai shot the suspected poacher on Saturday night at Likii slums in Nanyuki.

At around 1am, the team was tipped off by members of public who suspected that the house was a hub for crude arms.

Speaking to the media in his office, Lutukai said that the middle-aged man was shot dead through a prolonged exchange of fire.

He further stated that they managed to recover a binocular, a panga and other gadgets which he suspects were being used to poach animals in the ranches in Laikipia.

“When he saw us, he started shooting but we conquered him. We also managed to recover three AK47 rifles and 117 rounds of ammunition in the room,” said the police commander.

Lutukai said they are thoroughly looking into the matter, urging members of public to continue collaborating with security agents in order to eliminate poaching in the county.

“The rifles are three, so we are suspecting that the other team is out there. They won’t go too far because KWS and us won’t relent until we wipe them off,” added Lutukai.

He further said that within a span of 48 hours, they managed to recover a total of 118 rounds of ammunitions and 4 AK 47 rifles.

This incident comes barely two days after the police shot dead two gangsters who had been cornered at a homestead in the outskirts of Nanyuki.  

The two thugs  who were in the company of others on a motorcycle, had tried to steal from an M-pesa shop near the Nanyuki bus terminus at around 8am on Thursday but had their mission thwarted by irate bodaboda operators.

One of them was sprayed with bullets inside a pit-latrine while the other one was shot dead near a cow shed.

However, Lutukai confirmed that his three officers amongst them OCS Jerumani Mwamavuo sustained some minor gunshot wounds during the Thursday operation and were rushed to Nanyuki District Hospital.

He also said that the arms recovered might have been used by a team of poachers to kill and de-horn a black rhino, which had just calved at Ol’Pejeta Conservancy in the County.

The killing brought to three the number of rhinos which have been killed by poachers in Mountain Conservation Area in the last three months.

Speaking to the press on phone, KWS senior warden in Laikipia Dickson Too also confirmed that a hippopotamus which had killed a 52 year-old man at Ngare Ng’iro village in Laikipia East last week has been shot dead.

The farmer had gone to scare away the animal from his farm at around 3am when it attacked him.

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