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Tue May 26 07:27:25 SAST 2015

Suspected rhino poacher shot dead

Sapa | 25 March, 2013 10:11
Bullets. File photo.
Image by: JEFF TOPPING / REUTERS

A suspected rhino poacher has been shot dead outside the Imfolozi Game Reserve, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said.

"At around 3pm on Sunday gunshots were heard and a decision was taken to investigate their source," said spokesman Musa Mntambo in a statement.

The field rangers closed all exits at the reserve while investigating the source of the gunshots.

Two men, one carrying a rifle, were confronted.

Mntambo said the armed man pointed his weapon at the rangers, who took cover and returned fire before the gunman could pull the trigger.

The gunman died and the second man fled.

Mntambo said police and other authorities launched a search for the second man.

He was one of three occupants found in a car driving towards Ulundi.

"During the interrogation that followed, one occupant admitted that he was with the suspect who had been shot earlier by the field rangers," he said.

All three men were arrested.

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