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Nine suspects now held over killing of British pilot

Helicopter pilot Roger Gower Credit: Tropic Air Kenya

Nine suspects are now being held over the killing of British helicopter pilot Roger Gower who was on an anti-poaching mission, police in Tanzania say.

Seven more suspects have been arrested for the shooting of Mr Gower, who was on a joint operation with Tanzanian wildlife authorities when he was shot, Simiyu regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said.

Mr Gower died on January 29 in Maswa wildlife reserve, near Serengeti National Park.

Mambosasa said some of the suspects identified the man who pulled the trigger. Three elephant tusks and 29 firearms were seized in the operation to arrest Mr Gower's killers.

Tanzania has been identified as a key hotspot for elephant poachers.

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Jury considers verdicts in trial of IS-accused mother

Tareena Shakil denies becoming a member of the so-called Islamic State. Credit: West Midlands Police

A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of a mother accused of taking her toddler son to Syria to join Islamic State (IS).

Tareena Shakil, of Beechfield Road in Birmingham and formerly of Burton-upon-Trent, has admitted travelling to the self-declared caliphate but denied becoming a member of the feared terror group IS - also known as Isis.

The 26-year-old also denies encouraging terrorism through Twitter posts she made before going abroad in October 2014, or being reckless as to whether she was encouraging acts of terror in doing so.

She is the first British woman to have returned from IS-held territory to face these terror charges.

The jury will continue its deliberations on Thursday.

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