Two killed, cop among 10 arrested, in Kruger rhino poacher shootout

JOHANNESBURG- Two people were killed and 10 arrested in a gun fight with 12 suspected rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park, the park’s spokesperson Isaac Phaahla said on Monday.

Phaahla said, “It is a relentless war with people who don’t want to give up,”

Phaahla added that one of those arrested after the shootout in the Skukuza section of the park on Sunday was a South African police officer.

From the information they have another it is believed another suspect is a retired commander from Frelimo (Frente de Libertação Moçambique) in Mozambique. They claim this because the suspect was wearing the movement’s uniform.

Two gang members were found with two pairs of fresh rhino horn, and five heavy-calibre weapons were seized.

The arrests have been aided by the multi-agency, intelligence-driven operation.

During the shootout, 12 alleged poachers were confronted, two died.

The other 10 survivors, one was seriously injured and is in hospital under police guard.

No authority from park’s environmental unit, the police, and other operatives involved in operation of finding the suspected poachers were injured or harmed.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Skukuza Regional Court soon.

Phaahla hailed park rangers and those involved in the operation.

He said, “This is what they face on a daily basis.”

Photo Credit- The Green Times

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