Akagera park rangers killed by poachers


(eTN) – The menace of poaching has finally reached Rwanda in its worst form, when reports reached early this week that two game wardens in the Akagera National Park were killed by poachers, while a third was critically injured in the shootout.

The team of wardens was reportedly on a routine patrol and found itself being ambushed by poachers, who have since evaded capture in spite of the massive manpower being seconded to the park by other security organizations. Ms. Rica Rwigamba, head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board, has acknowledged the incident and praised the park staff for their dedication to the point of giving their lives for the work they love, while also announcing that a major manhunt is now underway and hideouts and equipment of the poachers have already been found while tracking them.

By the time of dispatching this report one suspect has been taken into custody and is helping the authorities with their inquiries. Condolences to the bereaved families from the eTurboNews team and a speedy recover to the injured ranger.