A suspected poacher was shot dead in Hwange on Monday night by a team of game ranges and police officers.
Three poachers were reportedly taking a bath while one of them, armed with a rifle was on guard duty.
A firefight between the poachers and the officers resulted in the death of one poacher. The incident was confirmed by Zimbabwe Nationa Parks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo. He said:
Yes, I can confirm that a poacher was shot dead on Monday night in Hwange National Park by our officers, who were on a joint patrol with police.
We are yet to inform the deceased’s next of kin. The patrol team came across four poachers, one keeping watch and armed with a rifle, while the other three were bathing.
There was an exchange of fire, resulting in the armed poacher getting shot, while his colleagues fled naked. Deceased was found 30 metres away from the scene and a rifle was recovered.
We cannot, at this time, publish the deceased’s name as his next of kin is yet to be notified.
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