Police arrest ‘high-value’ rhino poacher

Police have arrested an alleged rhino poacher in a village near the Kruger National Park, SA National Parks (SanParks) has said.

The arrest of the “high-value individual” followed extensive investigation by a special police unit.

The man was detained yesterday in Cork Trust village, SanParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla said today.

“The arrested individual … is suspected to be part of an active group of poachers operating in the Kruger National Park and surrounding reserves,” said Phaahla.

Police recovered what was thought to be rhino body parts, a SanParks field ranger’s uniform, hunting equipment, guns and ammunition.

In a separate incident, three alleged poachers were arrested after a shoot-out with rangers in the Malelane section of the park.

One of alleged poachers was shot and wounded. Police recovered weapons and various hunting equipment.

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