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Two rhino poachers killed in Assam

IANS  Guwahati, June 05, 2014
First Published: 12:49 IST(5/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:55 IST(5/6/2014)

Two rhino poachers have been killed during an anti-poaching operation by forest guards in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, officials said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday near Diphalu anti-poaching camp located in the Burhapahar forest range of the park, the officials said.

"Five to six poachers in a group entered the park but our guards launched an operation immediately, killing two of them," said a park official.

"Other poachers managed to escape. Two .303 rifles and some live ammunitions were also recovered from the spot," the official said.

The park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been witnessing a spate in poaching of one-horned rhinos since the past two years.

According to official statistics, a total of 18 one-horned rhinos have been killed in Assam since January this year, while forest guards have killed seven poachers in anti-poaching operations.


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