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    THREE POACHING GANGS CLASH WITH POLICE / WINASSE MUTHEVUI WAS FATALLY INJURED, SAYS AIM
    The Mozambican police put out of action three gangs of poachers last weekend, according to a report in Wednesday’s issue of the independent newssheet 'Mediafax'.
    The poachers had been operating in the Limpopo National Park, in the southern province of Gaza, and in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
    These successes are attributed to the work of the recently created police unit for the protection of natural resources and the environment, and to coordination between the police, other government institutions and the authorities of neighbouring countries.
    According to a source in the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), cited by 'Mediafax', the poaching gangs clashed with the police on three successive days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday - inside the Limpopo National Park.
    The first group, consisting of four poachers, was intercepted on Friday night at a police checkpoint. Although the police waved the vehicle down, ordering it to stop, the poachers made a run for it, and drove through the checkpoint.
    The police radioed ahead to the next checkpoint. Once again the poachers ignored the order to stop, but this time the police opened fire. One of the poachers was hit, but survived. On searching the vehicle, the police found a gun of a type normally used by poachers.
    On Saturday a group of seven poachers was ambushed by a joint force of Mozambican and South African police. Three of the poachers were arrested, but the other four managed to escape.
    In a third operation, on Sunday, also between the police forces of the two countries, two poachers were arrested, while a third escaped.
    In what seems to be a separate incident, reported by the Maputo daily 'Noticias', without giving the exact date, a 34 year old poacher named Winasse Muthevui was fatally injured after a shoot-out with the police inside the Limpopo National Park. An accomplice escaped.
    Jeremias Langa, the press officer in the Gaza Provincia Police Command, said Muthevui was taken to the Chokwe Rural Hospital, where he died.
    Before he died, he confessed that he owned the two guns the police seized at the scene, and that he and his accomplice had been returning from the Kruger Park where they had gone to hunt rhinoceros. The report did not say whether they had succeeded in killing any rhinos.

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