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Media Release: Three suspected poachers die

Date: 20th May 2011

A joint operational team consisting of Kruger National Park (KNP) Rangers and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) came into contact with three suspected poachers yesterday afternoon, 18 May 2011. A shoot-out ensued which led to all suspects being fatally wounded.

An AK 47 firearm with ammunition, 458 hunting rifle and axes were recovered at the scene of the incident.

Since the beginning of January 2011 159 rhinos have been poached throughout the country, 99 suspects arrested and 17 suspects fatally wounded.

For previous media statements on this matter, please go to:

Issued by:
Kruger National Park Public Relations Department on behalf of South African National Parks

Media enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa – Head of Communications, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5201, Cell: 082 908 2692, e=mail:

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