Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

June 13, 2014 9:16 PM

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Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

RABAT: One of Africa’s oldest national parks is under attack “from all fronts,” its director said Friday, after 68 elephants were slaughtered over the past two months by poachers wielding chain saws and grenades and shooting them from helicopters.

Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is under constant assault by renegade Congolese soldiers, gunmen from South Sudan and others. And this is just a slice of the carnage: international wildlife regulators say 20,000 elephants were killed in Africa alone in 2013.

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