By Paul Gitau
Poachers have killed two Kenya Wildlife Services ( KWS) rangers in a fierce exchange of fire that erupted at Kangawati forest in Kipini,Tana delta district in Tana river county when the security men tried to stop a poaching incident.
Besides killing the rangers the poachers also slew an elephant but lost a colleague. Reports show that after the shootout on Thursday evening authorities recovered an AK 47 rifle with 208 rounds of ammunition from the poachers.
On Friday, Tana Delta District Deputy County Commissioner Mr Mike Kimoko said the KWS rangers had received intelligence tip off that a group of about four poachers had killed an elephant inside the forest near Nairobi Ranch and decided to track them.
He said a fierce shootout erupted when the rangers encountered the poachers leading to killing of a ranger and a poacher.
The surviving poachers retreated but returned a few hours later to collect the body of their slain colleague
"The officers thought the remaining poachers had fled from the forest and went back to collect the body of the slain ranger" Kimoko said adding that rangers ran into a trap.
"As the rangers were collecting the body the poachers ambushed them and managed to gun down another ranger," said Kimoko who added that the security men were forced to flee from the forest leaving behind the two bodies of their their colleagues. More....