Five alleged rhino poachers have been arrested in South Africa for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition

Gravelotte police officers arrested the men on Thursday. They believe they were on their way to kill a rhino at a nearby game reserve.

Police spokesperson, Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi, said a hunting rifle with a serial number filed off with 20 rounds of live ammunition, three butchers’ knives and a pair of work suits were found in the suspects’ car.

“Initial investigations have revealed that one of the suspects was once arrested for the same offence,” Mulaudzi added.

A total of 54 people have been arrested so far this year for ‘rhino poaching related offences’, and the number of rhinos killed since January is said to have reached over 170.

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