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Kruger rangers arrest members of armed poaching groups

April 18, 2014

Six alleged poachers have been arrested in Kruger National Park, following the detection of three heavily armed groups by rangers, says South Africa National Parks’ spokesperson, Reynold Thakhuli, Wildlife Extra News reports.

Mr Thakhuli says these follow the arrests of two SANParks employees on 7 April 2014 on suspicion of poaching, bringing a total of arrests relating to suspected poaching to eight this last month.

The incidents took place in the southern part of the park in the areas Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.

The SANP spokesman says more arrests could be made as follow up investigations are underway.

“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”

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