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Tanzania launches manhunt after poachers killed British pilot


Dead Poachers. PHOTO:

Dead Poachers. PHOTO:

TANZANIAN authorities have launched a manhunt after poachers shot down a helicopter and its British pilot during an operation to track down elephant killers, officials said yesterday.

British pilot, Roger Gower, was tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve when his helicopter was hit by an AK-47 rifle fired from the ground, Tanzania’s Tourism and Natural Resources Minister, Jumanne Maghembe, said.

The mission had been a collaboration between the Friedkin Conservation Fund and the Tanzanian government, which has struggled to respond to what conservation groups say has been an explosion of “industrial-scale” poaching in recent years.

“The government has launched a manhunt to find those responsible for this attack,” Maghembe told reporters.

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  • gay johnson

    Until the morons who treasure ivory realize they are nothing but coconspirators in the murder of people and wildlife, the mayhem will continue. I hope the price they pay equals the crimes they commit.