The Rhino War in Africa continues to escalate as South African Police killed 3 suspected rhino poachers in KwaZulu-Natal’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park after a violent shootout.
Rhino poachers have recently begun targeting rhino in KwaZulu-Nata and killed over 21 rhino there in September. However, the situation recently came to a head when an anti-poaching unit encountered a group of suspected rhino poachers in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and engaged in a shootout.
When the dust settled, three suspected rhino poachers were dead, and South African Police and medical rescue units spent hours recovering their bodies from a remote section of the park.
According to IPSS spokesman Candace Grobler:
An intensive three-hour joint operation took place yesterday to recover the bodies of three alleged poachers. Rescuers recovered the bodies of the poachers from a deep ravine in the bush of Hluhluwe game reserve. The deceased were accessed on foot after the rescuers were dropped off by a SANDF Oryx helicopter. The deceased were carried out of the dense bush by the rescuers to a staging area where they were winched up into the airframe before being flown out.
This is just the latest battle in Africa’s ongoing rhino poaching war. In addition to the three suspected rhino poachers killed in this shootout, the South African Police have arrested other 91 rhino poachers in KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the South African Police and their anti-poaching units, 115 rhino have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal so far this year.
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