Two Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have been killed in two separate gunfights with suspected poachers while responding to a poaching incident in Kipini Conservancy in Tana River County. A poacher was also killed in one of the incidents. An AK47 rifle, three rifle magazines and 208 rounds of ammunitions were recovered in the incident.
The two are the unit com-manding officer and a ranger belonging to an anti-poaching unit in the area.
The rest escaped unhurt.
The first incident occurred when the rangers on a patrol mission in the area encountered an unknown number of a poaching gang believed to be on an elephant poaching mission in the dense forest.
The rangers came under fierce gun fight which killed the first ranger forcing the team to retreat.
Six hours later, in an attempt to recover the body of the slain ranger, the team of KWS rangers and a reinforcement team including the Kenya Police, moved into the scene oblivious that the gang had laid an ambush.
They came under a second fierce gun fight which killed the KWS officer commanding the unit.
It was not immediately clear whether the gang members who escaped were injured in the gun battle.
Eventually the bodies of the slain officers were removed to Malindi Hospital mortuary. More....