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Two held over the killing of 5 elephant at Tsavo West National Park

29 July 2015, 14:56 Robert Kibet

Nairobi - Two suspects are in police custody over the killing of five elephants in Tsavo West National Park as Kenya Wildlife Service launches a major operation to track the rest of the poachers.

The joint operation involving police and Tanzanian wildlife authorities was launched following gunshots that were heard at the Park about 6pm Monday.

KWS rangers were dispatched on a search mission and found five carcasses of freshly poached elephants comprising a female adult and four sub-adults with tusks missing.

The carcasses were traced at about 11am on Tuesday at Losoita area of Tsavo West National Park from where the search mission team tracked the suspected poachers to the nearby manyatta.

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The hot pursuit led to the arrest of two suspects at Ndoomani area in Loitoktok sub-county, at a manyatta adjacent to Tsavo West National Park in Taita Taveta County.

The suspected gang is believed to comprise four Tanzanians who operate across the Tanzania-Kenya border through the help of some Kenyans from the area. They are believed to have used motorbikes to ferry the tusks.

Fresh blood stained axe, axe handle, 'akala’ shoes and a hack-saw were found in one of the houses in the manyatta.

Police officers have visited the scene of crime as part of ongoing investigations into the matter.

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