DRC troops killed for poaching

2010-06-22 07:59
Kinshasa - National park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed two soldiers after the troops killed an elephant at a protected site, one of the rangers told AFP on Monday.

The rangers "killed immediately" the soldiers from the 18th Brigade of the DRC army in the clash on Sunday in Virunga National Park in eastern DRC, one of the rangers said on condition of anonymity.

"One of us was injured," the ranger added.

A local group, Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment, said the incident happened 2km from the park's Rwindi bridge.

According to IDPE, soldiers killed 12 elephants in the area in May and have armed young people to encourage poaching on the site.

Set up in 1925, the Virunga National Park is classed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco and it is the oldest game reserve in Africa.

It is home notably to 200 mountain gorillas and a small population of plains gorillas, a species strongly faced with the threat of extinction.

But the park, on the north-eastern border with Uganda, is a base not only to army units but to warring militia groups and rebel forces, all of whom kill animals for food and chop down trees for charcoal to burn.

- SAPA
Read more on:    unesco  |  drc  |  central africa  |  animals
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power tends to dominate your actions. Some things need to be dealt with on an emotional and feeling level. Try not to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.