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Firearms stolen from killed KWS rangers recovered
Date Published: 26 Feb, 2013
NAIROBI, KENYA (February 26, 2013) Two AK 101 rifles, three magazines and 20 rounds of ammunitions that were stolen from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers who were ambushed by poachers and shot dead while on a patrol mission at Sagala Ranch, Taita Taveta County in March 2012 has been recovered.
One of the rifles was recovered buried in a bush at Kiziki area near Bombi village in Malindi County on Friday (February 22, 2013) following a tip off from members of the public. Three magazines and 20 rounds of ammunitions were also recovered. Earlier engagements with local elders in Bangale village in Tana River County yielded to the surrender of the second rifle and an empty magazine in January 4, 2013.
In the March 2012 incident, the two KWS rangers were on a patrol mission to remove wire snares (traps) used to kill wild animals in Sagala Ranch, when they were ambushed by an unknown gang of poachers and shot dead. The poachers also stole their rifles and bullets.
KWS officials and the Police have been conducting investigations into this incidence.
Meanwhile, a Wundanyi Law Court has Tuesday (February 26, 2013) sentenced a man to a four-year imprisonment for being in possession of pieces of ivory on. Somane Shafa was convicted to counts of being in possession, dealing with a government trophy and failing to make a report of being in its possession to authorities. Elsewhere, a Voi Law Court has acquitted Abigael Wamuyu to similar charges. She was arrested in connection to being in possession of 25 Snakes, a monitor lizard, six chameleon and 13 tortoises.