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Ranger shot by poachers in KNP

SANParks says its launched a manhunt for poachers who opened fire on rangers in KNP.

FILE: The Kruger National Park has been hard hit by rhino poachers. Picture: Laura Clancy/Primedia Broadcasting

JOHANNESBURG - South African National Parks (SANParks) says no arrests have been made after a shootout ensued between rangers and poachers at the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

A ranger was airlifted to Nelspruit Hospital after he was shot during a routine patrol with members of the South African National Defence Force on Friday.

At least 106 poachers have been arrested since January, while 242 rhino have been killed in the park.

SANParks's Reynold Thakhuli says they are doing everything in their power to curb poaching.

"In the last couple of weeks we have managed to arrest more than 10 people in the park."

Thakhuli says rangers face shootouts almost every day, but he believes they are making a "dent" in the poachers' operations.

Last week the Environmental Affairs Department said 350 rhino have been poached across the country since the beginning of the year.

Last year, 668 rhino were poached for their horns, with 452 of these cases occurred in the Kruger National Park.

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