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Two rhino poachers gunned down at Indian wildlife sanctuary

Published on Mar 6, 2013 4:17 PM
 
Indian villagers look at a wounded endangered one horned Rhinoceros that was shot and dehorned by poachers in the jungle of Parku hills near Kaziranga National Park, about 250km east of Guwahati in this photograph taken on Sep 26, 2012. Forest rangers at the wildlife sanctuary shot dead two poachers on Wednesday where 13 threatened one-horned rhinos have been killed in the past two months, an official said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

GUWAHATI(AFP) - Forest rangers in northeast India shot dead two poachers on Wednesday at a wildlife sanctuary where 13 threatened one-horned rhinos have been killed in the past two months, an official said.

Four men entered Kaziranga National Park, 200 km from Assam's main city Guwahati, early Wednesday and fired at a rhino, park warden N.K. Vasu told AFP.

The shot, which missed its target, alerted forest guards who rushed to the spot.

"A fierce encounter took place between the two sides in which two of the poachers were killed," Mr Vasu explained, adding that a rifle had been recovered.

 
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