The said incident happened at Harmony Block 17B after on-duty rangers intercepted three “would-be rhino poachers” on the farm on Sunday in Limpopo, Review Online reports.
“It is alleged the rangers warned them to stop, but they ultimately started shooting at the rangers who then retaliated. Two of the three suspects were shot and seriously wounded, the third suspect escaped in the bushes,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
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During the incident a .375 hunting rifle and six rounds of ammunition, a silencer, a 9mm pistol with six rounds, an axe and four cellphones were recovered.
The two suspects are still recuperating in hospital under police guard and will appear before the Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.