Two Kenya Wildlife Service officers were killed in two separate gunfights with suspected poachers Thursday while responding to a poaching incident within the Kipini Wildlife and Botanical Conservancy in Tana River County.
The two who lost their lives in these confrontations are the unit commanding officer and a ranger belonging to an anti-poaching unit in the area. The rest of the rangers escaped unhurt.
A poacher was also killed in one of the incidents.
An AK47 rifle, three rifle magazines and 208 rounds of ammunition were recovered.
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 fire which killed the first ranger. The team was forced to retreat.
Six hours later, in an attempt to recover the body of the slain ranger, the team of Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and a reinforcement team including the Kenya Police, moved onto the scene not knowing that the poachers had laid an ambush.
The law enforcers came under gunfire 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. More....