January 11, 2018

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An inspector assigned to the Niassa Reserve was seriously injured with a
firearm projectile on Monday (08) during a pursuit of a group of poachers
that shot down an elephant. It was the 135th elephant shot since January
2017. The Verdade knows that a rapid intervention Unit (UIR) was deployed
to reinforce the fight against the poachers.

The fact was confirmed to the Verdade, by telephone, by the spokesman of
the Provincial Police Commander of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) in
Niassa, Alves Mate. He could not specify the type of weapon used by the
alleged poachers.

However, the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) complains
of the fact that elephant predators, mainly in the Niassa Reserve,
frequently use automatic weapons in their hunting operations, while the
prosecutors use slingshots and other rudimentary instruments.

The tax guard shot was assigned to block 4 of that protected area, where he
was in the company of three colleagues.

True, he learned from another source that the presumed poachers not only
slaughtered an elephant, but also seized its ivory tusks.

Alves Mate told us that the criminals remain at large and didn’t need the
identity of the victim, who contracted severe injury on one of the legs.
“He’s admitted to the Provincial Hospital of Lichinga.? Our correspondent
said that the police authorities are working to stop the bandits and to
hold them accountable for their actions.

Meanwhile Verdade knows that since last week a UIR detachment is in the
Mecula district to reinforce the fight against poachers.

It should be noted that between January and December 2017 at least 134
elephants were killed by poachers in the Niassa Reserve, raising the number
of pachyderms killed last year in Mozambique to 356.

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.