Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe ivory buyer decapitated

2014-01-09 21:06
A pregnant rhino cow has been brutally killed. (Askari Game Lodge & Spa, file)

A pregnant rhino cow has been brutally killed. (Askari Game Lodge & Spa, file)

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Harare - Zimbabwe police said Thursday they were investigating the killing of four people who were shot near a game park in what local media reported could have been a deal gone wrong with suspected poachers.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside an abandoned van in a riverbed near Ngongonye Bridge in the Binga region, close to the border with Zambia in the north, police spokesperson Charity Charamba said.

A third body was found near the car, and the other body was discovered decapitated about a kilometre away. All four bodies had gunshot wounds.

Local villagers were quoted in the media as saying the killings could have been a result of a deal between poachers and ivory dealers that went sour prompting the poachers to kill the prospective buyers to cover their tracks.

Cases of big game poaching including elephants are often reported in Binga, which borders Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest game park.

Last year poachers poisoned the environs of main waterholes in Hwange killing more than 100 elephants.

- AFP

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