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Suspected poacher killed, three escape after heavy shoot out

24 March 2016, 17:37 Zainabu Juma

Nairobi - Security officers in Tana Delta Sub County have killed one poacher and recovered two AK 47 rifles with seven rounds of ammunition.

Three other poachers escaped with serious gunshot wounds in the incident that occurred on Kuindwa road off the Malindi-Garsen road in Tarasaa division.

The heavily armed poachers were carrying an elephant tusk and were said to have been returning from an errand in the Tsavo East National Park.

Tana Delta Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Mike Kimoko said that a multi-agency security team was dispatched to the scene following a tip off from the public.

“We received information that heavily armed people had been spotted on Kuindwa road off the Malindi-Garsen Highway by members of the public,” he said.

“We immediately dispatched officers from the Rapid Deployment Unit, the Rural Border Patrol Unit, Regular and Administration Police officers as well as Kenya Wildlife Service officers to the area where a heavy shoot-out ensured, leading to the death of the suspected poacher,” he added.

Kimoko said at least one of the escapees had serious gunshot wounds because his rifle was hit and ripped off during the gun battle that lasted more than two hours.

He said the officers combed the area but they had not found the escapees or the elephant tusk they were carrying. He added that the search would resume.

The DCC thanked the public for cooperating with the security agents and urged them to continue doing so in a bid to eradicate crime including poaching and terrorism in the area.

Kimoko assured them that security agents were alert and would act on any information provided by the public.

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