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Six tiger poachers shot dead in Bangladesh

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A group of six tiger poachers have been shot dead by Bangladeshi authorities at a national park in the country’s south.

Authorities launched a crackdown into poaching recently, which led to a 45-minute firefight erupting, after police sought out hunters in Sundarbans National Park, according to CNN.

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Tiger skins and guns were recovered from the poachers by police.

The mangrove forests in the park are home to rare animals like the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. They are the only mangroves in the world where tigers can be found.

Cecil the Lion was shot dead outside a Zimbabwean national park in early July. Photo: African Bush Camps
Cecil the Lion was shot dead outside a Zimbabwean national park in early July. Photo: African Bush Camps

While six of the poachers were killed, police say five of its own members were injured in the shootout.

There are fewer than 2,500 Royal Bengal Tigers left in the world and only 106 on Bangladesh.

The incident comes after global outrage rose in response to the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

An American trophy-hunting doctor killed the lion after luring it out of a national park and is now in hiding.

The guide that took him to the kill is facing court in Zimbabwe.

Authorities around the world have since tightened restrictions on tourist hunters and other poachers who seek to kill wild animals.

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