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Three held after British helicopter pilot killed by poachers

Three people have reportedly been arrested over the shooting of a British helicopter pilot by elephant poachers in Tanzania.

Roger Gower,37, was helping authorities in the Maswa game reserve illegal activity when his aircraft was shot down on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mr Gower's brother Max has told ITV News about a charity appeal he has set in his brother's honour to help combat poaching.

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'Three people held' over British helicopter pilot's death

Video report by ITV News' Dan Ashby

Three people have reportedly been arrested over the shooting of a British helicopter pilot by elephant poachers in Tanzania.

The men were held by police in the East African country over the death of Roger Gower, the AFP news agency reported.

Mr Gower, 37, was helping authorities in Tanzania track poachers when they fired on his aircraft on Friday, according to the Friedkin Conservation Fund.

He managed to bring the helicopter down in the Maswa Game Reserve, near Serengeti National Park in the country's north, but died from his wounds before he could be rescued.

Tanzania is fighting a bitter struggle to stop ivory poachers, a report last year said 60% of its elephant population had been lost in the previous five years.

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