Soldiers from BIR arrested for poaching after a massacre of elephants (Cameroon)


Journal du Cameroon

Date Published

Six soldiers belonging to the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) were reportedly arrested and in

police custody on the premises of military security in Yaoundé for their alleged participation in

acts of poaching, in this case, the massacre of elephants in the Sangha Reserve in the east of the

country, one has learned from sources. According to reports, the soldiers should be transferred

next week before the military court to answer charges of serious poaching and smuggling of

protected animals. During a routine check police discovered a cargo of over 100 elephant tusks

and almost 1,000 munitions in the town of Mouloundou (East), border of Congo; the traffickers

were headed to Yaounde with a view to sell their loot. The questioning of the driver and his

acolytes let glide between the lines an involvement of the servicemen in traffic, these last which

were dispatched on the site two years ago by authorities to ensure security around the reservation

of Sangha, while the poaching of protected kinds, notably elephants, had attained worrying