Poachers shot in Kruger Park

2010-10-14 21:29

Johannesburg - A poacher was shot dead and another wounded in the Kruger National Park, SABC News reported on Thursday.

The men were allegedly found armed inside the park on Wednesday by rangers who were patrolling, Sanparks CEO David Mabunda said.

A shoot-out ensued and one of the men was killed.

His accomplice escaped, but was arrested later while he was being treated at a hospital.

A rifle, cellphone and ammunition was found on the dead man, SABC News reported.

Since the beginning of the year, 232 rhino had been poached throughout South Africa, 104 of them from the Kruger National Park.

One-hundred-and-nineteen alleged poachers had been arrested, 45 of them in the park.