May 10, 2021

The Angolan police arrested seven poachers, including an inspector, in the Bicuar National Park, in Huíla province, who were mainly hunting elephants for the sale of ivory.

The suspects’ detention took place as part of investigations carried out by the local Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), which also culminated in the seizure of seven firearms.

“The detention of seven citizens in the Bicuar National Park of these citizens, presumed to be the perpetrators of the crime of criminal association, and seven firearms were found in their possession. They were arrested red handed,” said SIC spokesman in Huíla, Sebastião Vika, speaking to Angolan public radio.

According to the official, detainees had the preference of slaughtering elephants to sell ivory.