May 9, 2018
ARUSHA: Tanzanian police on Tuesday said they, in collaboration with
officers of the anti-poaching unit, have arrested seven suspected poachers
in the southern part of the east African nation.
Yahaya Athuman, acting Ruvuma Regional Police Commander, said the suspected
poachers were arrested in different areas of Namtumbo District, Ruvuma
Region with two of them being caught red-handed with hippos’ meat.
According to Athuman, the suspected poachers believed to have been
involving in poaching incidents in Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest
faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania.
The regional police chief said the anti-poaching operation will continue,
and warned people to stop from doing the vice as the law would take its
Over the past six years, poaching and the illicit ivory trade have
attracted global attention and Tanzania has been slated as one of the worst
Besides tarnishing the image of the country, elephant poaching has
undesirable effects on the ecological, economic and security aspects.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.