Kenya's wildlife authorities said Monday its rangers killed three suspected poachers in Tsavo West National Park.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) corporate affairs manager Paul Udoto told Xinhua that the alleged poachers were shot dead on Sunday evening in a rhino sanctuary. They had defied orders to surrender and instead fired at KWS rangers.
The KWS rangers, had laid an ambush for 10 days in the park, suffered no casualty in the combat. A one suspect in the alleged poaching group escaped with injuries.
The poaching menace has sparked concerns over a steady decline of Africa's wildlife due to growing human population and poverty.
The demand for ivory in the Far East has also attracted criminal cartels to Kenya, who are feeding the insatiable demand.
Richard Leakey, a famed paleontologist and the chairman of the WildlifeDirect, has warned that elephants will be wiped out in the next 10 years unless measures are undertaken to stem the trend.
He says rising demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia has caused a poaching crisis in recent years across Africa, with more than 1,000 rhinos killed on the continent in the last 18 months.