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Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A non-profit group running nature reserves in Africa has sounded the alarm over a months-long slaughter of elephants by poachers in one of Africa’s oldest national parks.

The Johannesburg-based African Parks group says 68 elephants, or some 4 percent of the park’s elephants, have been killed in the last two months in Congo’s Garamba National Park.

Some of the elephants were shot from a helicopter and had their tusks removed with a chainsaw, along with their brains and genitals.

The group said poachers included renegade elements of the Congolese army, poachers from South Sudan, some wearing military uniforms, and members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group.

Garamba park manager Jean-Marc Froment said in the statement “the park is under attack from all fronts.”