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Four tiger poachers were killed in a mangrove forest in Bangladesh after a firefight with the police. The vast mangrove forest of Sundarbans is home to the endangered Bengal tiger (file image)

Four tiger poachers are killed in a Bangladesh mangrove after a shooting with the police

  • Poachers were stopped while crossing a river in the Sundarbans on their boat
  • They opened fire on the Rapid Action Battalion, the anti-terrorism department of the police
  • Identified as members of a gang that poachers tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins
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Four tiger poachers were killed in a mangrove forest in Bangladesh after a firefight with the police.

The armed men opened fire on officers from the Rapid Action Battalion, the anti-terrorism department of the Bangladeshi police, after being interrogated Wednesday, officials said.

A firefight ensued between the police and the poachers, crossing a river in the Sundarbans, & # 39; the world's largest mangrove forest.

Four tiger poachers were killed in a mangrove forest in Bangladesh after a firefight with the police. The vast mangrove forest of Sundarbans is home to the endangered Bengal tiger (file image)

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Four tiger poachers were killed in a mangrove forest in Bangladesh after a firefight with the police. The vast mangrove forest of Sundarbans is home to the endangered Bengal tiger (file image)

Four bodies, guns and ammunition were found on their boat, RAB spokesman Tajul Islam said.

The men were identified as members of a gang poaching Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins.

& # 39; These gangs have become a major threat to nature conservation in the mangroves & # 39 ;, Islam said.

At least 120 people have been killed in fighting with the RAB since 2004, while another 400 have been arrested on the rivers and canals that cross the mangrove.

The men were identified as members of a gang that snatches Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins (file image)

The men were identified as members of a gang that snatches Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins (file image)

The men were identified as members of a gang that snatches Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins (file image)

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For example, & # 39; n 200 handed over their weapons to the police in exchange for money, legal aid and mobile phones. That led Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to label the campaign against the bandits as a success last year.

Last week the authorities said that the tiger population in the Sundarbans, which also includes parts of India, grew for the first time in two decades.

A tiger count by the forestry department showed that the number of large cats on the Bengal side of the border has increased to 114 from 106 four years ago.

The number of cases had fallen from 440 in 2004 to 106 tigers in a 2015 census.

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