Suspected rhino poachers at large

01 December 2013 6:16 AM

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Thando Khubeka | Yesterday, 08:14

JOHANNESBURG – Two suspected rhino poachers are on the run following a shootout with rangers in the Kruger National Park. One of the suspects were shot dead during Saturday's gun battle. It's understood the three men were cornered by rangers while hunting rhino near the Mozambican border. The national park's William Mabasa says officials are now working with Mozambican authorities to try and track them down. “We'll be signing an agreement with our Mozambican counterparts very soon so that we're able to follow them up when such things happen.” He says a hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered after Saturday's incident. “The one who was partially wounded had a .458 firearm and some other poaching material.” The firearm found on one of the suspected poachers is of the same caliber as the one used in a rhino killing earlier this week. On Thursday, two three–day–old rhino carcasses were found at the park. An autopsy on the carcasses later revealed one of the rhino died from a bullet wound to the ribs. The rhino are just two of the 548 rhino that have fallen victim to poachers in the park this year. (Edited by Tamsin Wort)


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