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Johannesburg - A suspected poacher was shot dead by rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), the communications and marketing department of the game reserve said on Monday.

In a terse statement, the department said KNP rangers were involved In two contacts with suspected poachers at the weekend in the southern part of the park, near Mkhuhlu and Cork areas.

"On Friday rangers came into contact with two suspected poachers where one of them was fatally wounded and the other one fled the scene," said the department communique.
 
"On Sunday four suspects were spotted in the vicinity of Sabie River. Rangers were unable to apprehend the suspects who managed to flee across the Sabie River."
 
Both incidents were reported to the police.