Tanzanian police said on Wednesday that they are holding an undocumented foreigner with a locally-made riffle believed to have been used in poaching activities.
Ulrich Matei, Mbeya Regional Police Commander, named the suspect as Paul Abrick, who is being held for illegal possession of firearm and illegal entry into the nation.
Matei said Abrick is also being investigated for poaching after failing to tell how he acquired the kind of riffle popular with poachers.
“Preliminary investigations show that the suspect has neither entry nor residence permit,” he said in an interview with Xinhua.
Matei added that the suspect was arrested in Uyole area located a few kilometers away from Mbeya city in south-western Tanzania.
“The suspects claimed that he is a Tanzanian from Kilimanjaro region but he failed to substantiate the claim,” Matei said, appealing to people to continue providing information on suspect people or activities.
Last week, Tanzania’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism warned of possibility of increased poaching activities in the country, due to changes in tourist hunting block licensing system. Enditem