Eight dehorned rhino carcasses have been found in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, in a poaching attack blamed on gunmen who slipped across the Mozambican border, a park spokesman said on Wednesday.
Officials made the gruesome discovery on Tuesday near the border, said spokesman Reynold Thakuli.
“Three were found in the Pretoriuskop section and five in the lower Sabie region of the Kruger Park,” he told AFP. “All of them had been shot with AK-47s. The wounds were fresh.”
“It looks like the guys came in from Mozambique and went back into Mozambique.”
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Two suspected rhino poachers shot dead in Kruger National Park
It is suspected that the alleged poachers were linked to the deaths of eight rhinos in the Kruger National Park this week
TWO suspected rhino poachers were killed in a shoot-out with game rangers in the Kruger National Park on Wednesday night, park general manager Reynold Thakhuli said on Thursday.
Eight dehorned rhino carcasses were found in the southern section of the park on Tuesday, sparking widespread dismay and outrage because South Africa lost 448 rhinos to poachers last year. The eight found on Tuesday are officially the first for this year.
Rangers following up on Tuesday’s gruesome find became embroiled in a shoot-out with alleged poachers and two Mozambican men were killed, Mr Thakhuli said. It is suspected the two were connected with the deaths of the eight rhinos because they were found in the same general area — the southern section of the park.
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