NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police have arrested two suspected
poachers over the killing of five elephants at a national park
in southwestern Kenya.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
said the two poachers were arrested on Tuesday over the killing
of the elephants in Tsavo West National Park, adding that a
major security operation is underway to track the rest of the
poachers along the border with Tanzania.
"KWS rangers were dispatched on a search mission and found
five carcasses of freshly poached elephants comprising a female
adult and four sub-adults with tusks missing," KWS said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
The KWS said the joint operation by Kenyan police and
Tanzanian wildlife authorities, was launched after a report of
gunshots heard in the national park late on Monday.
"The carcasses were traced on Tuesday at Losoita area of
Tsavo West National Park from where the search mission team
tracked the suspected poachers to the nearby manyatta," the
KWS said the suspected gang is believed to comprise four
Tanzanians who operate across the Tanzania-Kenya border assisted
by local Kenyans.
"They are believed to have used motorbikes to escape with the
tusks. Fresh blood stained axe, axe handle, shoes and a hack-saw
were found in one of the houses in the manyatta," the statement
Figures show that Kenya has lost an estimated 820 elephants
and 90 rhinos due to poaching since 2012.
Kenya has been identified as one of the leading transit
routes for smuggling ivory out of Africa, with several cases of
ivory seizures and recovery of wildlife carcasses reported in
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