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Poacher injured, another arrested in northern Kenya

17 September 2013, 19:33

Nairobi - A suspected poacher was shot and another nabbed in northern Kenya, local police reported Tuesday.

Police managed to arrest an Indian man with 400 rounds of ammunition and an American made pistol, who was suspected of shooting his Indian colleague.

The divisional police commander, Samuel Muthamia, confirmed the suspect was believed to be the most wanted poacher behind the killings of rhinos and elephants in the northern part of the country.

"We are going to arraign the Indian man to the court for the attempted murder and being in possession with illegal arms without permit," Muthamia told journalists in Samburu.

He said the Indian man and three other accomplices abducted their colleague, a former Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger in Isiolo town, after a poaching mission and bundled him into a van before they shot him on the neck from the back side.

Muthamia said the injured managed to escape with the bullet wounds after the van veered off the road during the confrontation with his accomplice.

He said two of the accomplices disappeared into the bush when the police caught up with the Indian man and the injured as they fled from the scene of the incident.

The local police commander said they had also launched a manhunt for the other suspects in order to arraign them in court following the incident.

The poaching menace has brought renewed attention to a crisis that has persisted for decades - the steady decline of Africa's wildlife due to growing human populations and poverty that has put agricultural communities at odds with wildlife for resources.

Experts also warn that poaching has a profound effect on elephant's behavior, with survivors of poaching attacks showing symptoms of trauma and stress that result in aberrant and highly aggressive behavior towards local people.

- Xinhua

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