Third poacher nabbed in Kruger

2010-09-27 10:05

Johannesburg – A third suspect, allegedly responsible for transportation, has been arrested following the arrest of two poachers in the Kruger National Park.

The two alleged poachers will appear in court on Monday, Limpopo police said.

They were allegedly found in possession of rhino horns and rifles, Warrant Officer Oubaas Coetzer said.

"Game rangers were patrolling the park when they came across two men with rifles. The men pointed their guns at police and shots were fired from both sides," Coetzer said.

"One of the poachers was injured in his shoulder. Two rhino horns were recovered and we found the carcass."

The poachers were found in the park in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two of them were expected to appear in court on Monday.

The injured man was still in hospital.

Police were investigating the possibility that the men were part of a poaching syndicate.

They might also be responsible for other poaching incidents in the area, he said.