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Lions kill suspected poachers on wildlife reserve in South Africa

Lions have killed suspected rhino poachers in South Africa Photo: PA

Lions have mauled to death suspected poachers who entered a South African wildlife reserve to kill rhinos.

Nick Fox, owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Cape province, said human remains were found on Tuesday along with a high-powered rifle, wire cutters and other equipment.

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Mr Fox said on Facebook that at least three poachers infiltrated the reserve late on Sunday or early Monday.

He said it is clear that the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions and that “some, if not all” had been killed.

Mr Fox said the handler of an anti-poaching dog heard a “loud commotion” coming from the lions early on Monday.

He said the reserve’s wildlife veterinarian darted the lions so that police forensic investigators could search for evidence.