Police and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have killed a suspected poacher in Laikipia and recovered three AK 47 rifles loaded with 117 rounds of ammunition.
The suspect was shot dead at a den in Likii village in the outskirts of Nanyuki town on Saturday morning. An axe, binoculars and other items were found in his room.
Laikipia East police boss Joshua Lutukai said the middle-aged man engaged the officers after he was ordered to surrender.
The killing comes a day after police killed two suspected gangsters at Baraka estate in Laikipia Central district. An AK 47 rifle with one round of ammunition was recovered.
The two who were among four robbers who had attempted to steal from an Mpesa shop in Nanyuki town. Lutukai said in the Saturday incident, the officers were tipped off by members of the public.
“This is a major milestone for our officers. In the last 48 hours, we have recovered four AK 47 rifles and 118 rounds of ammunition that were in the hands of criminals,” said Lukutai.
The gang is suspected to have killed and de-horned a rhino at Olpejeta Conservancy two weeks ago. They also shot and injured a 24-year -old man who is admitted at Nanyuki district hospital.
Meanwhile, KWS warders have killed a hippopotamus that attacked and killed a 52-year-old man at Ngare Ng’iro village, Segera location. The deceased had attempted to drive off the animal as it destroyed his crops.
Senior warden Dickson Too said the hippo killed Jackson Macharia before it was gunned down by KWS rangers at the weekend.