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More suspected poachers nabbed in Kruger Park

In the latest arrests made, 2 men were found in possession of an unlicensed firearm & ammunition.

FILE: Rangers have decided to translocate many of the Kruger Park’s rhino to safer areas where they are less vulnerable to poaching. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say two rhino poaching suspects have been apprehended with the help of the Kruger National Park Rhino Task Team.

The men were caught in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition when they were suspected of hunting rhino on Thursday.

They're expected to make a second appearance at the White River Magistrates Court later this week.

The police's Vishnu Naidoo says there have been a significant number of suspected poachers who've been arrested at the park.

"The arrest of these two suspects brings to total 156 the number of people arrested in various parts of the Kruger National Park over the past 12 months."

He added the others are all facing similar charges of possession of unlicensed firearm, ammunition as well as carrying a dangerous weapons.

"These suspects have been arrested prior to poaching and we believe this has made a significant impact in protecting several rhino's from being poached."