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PRESS RELEASE –ANTI POACHING OPERATION INCIDENT

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) focusing on anti-poaching operations, sadly informs the public about an incident that occurred this morning (Wednesday) at around 0300 hrs at Chiefs Island in the Ngami Area whereby there was an exchange of fire between a BDF patrol team and poachers, which resulted in the death of a BDF member and one poacher.

Despite the positive achievements recorded over the years, poaching activities have certainly not stopped as poachers continue to target rhinos, elephants and other endangered species in our national parks.

This incident clearly indicates that poachers continue to declare war on members of the Botswana Defence Force as they have adopted new tactics and operating methods that escalated poaching activities particularly at Chiefs Islands. Since 2019 to date 11 (eleven) poachers have been killed while targeting members of the BDF.

The name of the deceased has been withheld until the next of kin have been informed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time. We therefore request that they be accorded the space and privacy to mourn their loved one.

Thank you.

[Signed]
Colonel Tebo K Dikole
FOR/ COMMANDER, BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE
tdikole@gov.bw
Tel: 3662671