3 suspected poachers arrested with 6 elephant tusks in northern Tanzania
March 12, 2023
Three suspected poachers have been detained by Tanzanian police after they
were found in possession of six elephant tusks in the country's northern
region of Manyara, police said on Saturday.
George Katabazi, the Manyara regional police commander, said the suspected
poachers were arrested on Friday at 9:00 p.m. local time in Madunga village
in Babati district in the region.
"The suspects were riding on two motorcycles that they used to ferry the
tusks," said Katabazi.
He said the suspects were arrested during a joint crackdown conducted by
police and game rangers from the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority
(TAWA) after they were tipped off by members of the public.
Last week, an official said police were holding three suspected poachers in
connection with the killing of six elephants in the East African nation's
Ruaha National Park, a national park in Tanzania, between January 2022 and
Godwell Ole Meing'ataki, assistant conservation commissioner and commanding
officer for the Ruaha National Park, said that the suspected poachers,
found in possession of multiple elephant tusks, were arrested on February
28 in the Iringa municipality by the Wildlife and Forest Force of the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with the police.