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Rangers catch eight poachers

5 Aug, 2015

Eight suspected rhino poachers are arrested in the Kruger National Park. The first incident took place in the early hours of the morning while rangers conducting anti-poaching operations along the Crocodile River – south of the Park encounter three suspected poachers; a shoot-out ensues during which one poacher is wounded. All three suspects are arrested. Two hunting rifles, silencers, ammunition and other poaching equipment are confiscated. A follow-up investigation later the same day outside the park leads to the arrest of a further five suspects. Minister of Environmental Affairs:

Just a week after commemorating World Ranger Day I want to again commend our rangers for their hard work together with other law enforcement units including the South African Police Service (SAPS). [These arrests are] a clear indication that resilience and dedication pays off.

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