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Northern Tanzania’s game rangers gun down cattle herder

ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Game rangers in northern Tanzania’s wildlife sanctuary Lake Manyara National Park shot dead a cattle herder in a fight which erupted after herdsmen found grazing cattle into the park, police said on Wednesday.

Arusha Regional Police Chief Liberatus Sabas told reporters here that the incident occurred on Tuesday evening on the western part of the park, located 130 km from Arusha city.

Sabas said park rangers seized more than 30 cattle and two herdsmen after they were found grazing their cattle in the park, where it’s not allowed to do so.

Reports have it that their fellow villagers, who were armed with different traditional weapons, stormed into the area where cattle were kept and attempted to take the cattle by force.

“Game rangers tried to fire in air in an effort to disperse the angry villagers, but they resisted. Unfortunately one of the rangers shot one of the herdsmen,” Sabas said, adding that the injured herdsman was taken to the District’s Designated Hospital for treatment where he died on Wednesday noon.

Police is investigating on the crisis, particularly to establish the reason as why rangers decided to use live bullets, he said.

According to the police chief, four rangers have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The biodiversity-rich park is managed by the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa), whereby it is strictly prohibited for human beings and even cattle to trespass in the wildlife sanctuary.

Lake Manyara National Park derives its name from the Maasai word “manyara” which is a species of Euphorbia plant used to build the Maasai stockades for their cattle and goats. Lake Manyara National Park is notable for elephants, hippos and tree-climbing lions. 

             

 

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