Kenyan rangers shoot five poachers

2012-04-21 16:42

Nairobi - Kenyan rangers shot dead five suspected elephant poachers in a night-time fire fight in the north of the country, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Saturday.

"Five suspected poachers were last night shot and one escaped during a fierce exchange of fire with Kenya Wildlife Service rangers at Chepareria in West Pokot County," it said.

Two rangers were wounded in the fire fight which went on for more than 40 minutes, the KWS said, adding that it had recovered 50kg of elephant tusks and three assault rifles at the scene.

Trading in ivory was banned in 1989 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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