Ten elephants have been found dead in Bouba Ndjida Park, in northern Cameroon, a routine patrol by the Rapid Response Battalion (BIR) which was deployed last year by the government to lend a hand to eco-guards, indicates.
According to first investigations conducted by the police, all the animals were killed in less than a week.
The poachers, who often come from abroad, particularly from South Sudan and are "heavily armed, benefited from internal complicity", the investigation noted.
"We have heard of the presence of these riders in the park thanks to a French touristâ", officials from the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife said.
In 2012, "poachers, traveling on horseback and equipped with powerful weapons, had in two months, shot dead 128 elephants" in this park of 220,000 hectares, 70,000 of which are not inhabited. That situation sparked reaction of the government which had deployed the army, in this case, the BIR to provide security in the area.
In all likelihood, because of the Boko Haram incursions, several soldiers were assigned elsewhere, providing the opportunity for the poachers who had been chased away, to resume their activities.