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Kaziranga loses another rhino, horn chopped off

An adult rhino was killed by a group of suspected militants at Kaziranga National park on Sunday evening.The pachyderm's horn was chopped off before forest staff reached the spot.

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Updated: Feb 25, 2014, 09.51 AM IST
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Forest officials stand near the carcass of a one-horned rhinoceros which was killed and de-horned by poachers in the Kahora range of Kaziranga. (AFP Photo)
Forest officials stand near the carcass of a one-horned rhinoceros which was killed and de-horned by poachers in the Kahora range of Kaziranga. (AFP Photo)
JORHAT: An adult rhino was killed by a group of suspected militants at Kaziranga National park on Sunday evening. The pachyderm's horn was chopped off before forest staff reached the spot.

The incident took place near the Gorakati anti-poaching camp in the Burapahar forest range bordering Karbi Anglong district at 7.30 pm on Sunday. A group of militants, equipped with AK series rifles, took shelter in the Karbi hills and shot the rhino dead for its horn.

"A strong group of militants were involved in killing the rhino. They used AK-47 rifles and fired at least 30 rounds during the attack. Our staff found empty cartridges from the spot," said park director M K Yadav. He added that on hearing gunshots, forest staff rushed to the spot and opened fire in retaliation, but in vain.

This was the seventh rhino killed in Kaziranga so far this year.

On January 25, a female rhino was shot dead and its horn was chopped off by poachers in Kaziranga. Park authorities said the government had taken up some new strategies to check poaching and work on a few such projects were underway.

The government is planning to set up at least eight towers for round-the-clock surveillance at the park.

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