Four suspected poachers and a ranger have been shot dead in an anti-poaching operation, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

A second ranger was also shot and wounding during the incident.

The KWS says the rangers were following up after a poaching incident at a game ranch in the Tsavo East district when they caught up with the poachers and a shootout ensued.

Kenya like most African countries is facing the devastating effects of animal poaching.

Two AK47 rifles, 35 bullets, and two pieces of ivory were recovered at the scene.

The wounded officer is recuperating in hospital and is out of danger.

– By ANA