By Wambugu Kanyi
Three suspected poachers were on Thursday night shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers at the Aberdare National Park. The three were in a group of four that attempting to kill an elephant inside the park. Acting senior warden in charge of the park James Magena said the poachers exchanged fire with the rangers before the trio were gunned down at Chebuswa, North of the park.
The four had shot the elephant on the leg and were tracking it from a distance. Rangers were alerted by the poachers' gunshots. Magena said the fourth managed to escape and is being tracked by rangers. "We not sure whether the suspect poacher who escaped had another firearm," Magena said. The rangers recovered a 303 Mark 4 rifle and mobile phones from the dead poachers which Magena said would be used to identify them. He said the elephant, hit by the bullet on one of its hind legs, was not in danger.