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US News Eleven lions 'poisoned to death' in Uganda national park

07:25  13 april  2018
07:25  13 april  2018 Source:   afp.com

Hopes raised Skripals could aid attack probe

  Hopes raised Skripals could aid attack probe The recovery of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has raised hopes the pair could provide new clues to officers investigating the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. It was revealed on Friday that the former Russian double agent was no longer in a critical condition and was "responding well to treatment" at Salisbury District Hospital, more than a month after he and Ms Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in the Wiltshire city.

Eleven lions , including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned , a conservation official said on Thursday. “It is still only a suspicion. We will try to establish the real cause of death ,” he added.

Authorities suspect poisoning caused deaths at popular tourist destination.

Lion populations throughout many parts of Africa have declined sharply in the last few decades © Provided by AFP Lion populations throughout many parts of Africa have declined sharply in the last few decades  Eleven lions, including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned, a conservation official said on Thursday.

The three lionesses and eight cubs were found dead near Hamukungu fishing village in the park, a popular tourist destination.

"An investigation has been opened but we suspect poisoning," Bashir Hangi, a communications officer with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), told AFP.

"It is still only a suspicion. We will try to establish the real cause of death," he added.

Poisoned spy's daughter Yulia Skripal 'is being discharged from hospital' five weeks after Salisbury nerve agent attack

  Poisoned spy's daughter Yulia Skripal 'is being discharged from hospital' five weeks after Salisbury nerve agent attack Yulia Skripal and her father were targeted in Salisbury five weeks ago and have been in hospital since. She was due to be discharged yesterday, but source could not confirm it had happened, according to Sky News.Sources told Sky News she was due to be discharged yesterday, but could not confirm it had happened.A statement from her doctors is reportedly expected today.

Conservationists are mourning the death of 11 lions that were killed with poison in a national park in Uganda . The three lionesses and eight cubs are thought to be victims of villagers who blame wildlife for killing a cow.

Eleven lions , including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned , a conservation official said on Thursday. The three lionesses and eight cubs were found dead near Hamukungu fishing village in the park

Lions have been killed in a number of poisoning incidents in Uganda.

In May 2010, five lions were killed in the park in another possible poisoning case.

Between May 2006 and July 2007, 15 lions were also killed in the area in attacks blamed on landless herdsmen defending their cattle.

The parks grasslands are home to more than 600 species of birds and around 100 mammals including buffalo, waterbuck, leopards, hyena and elephants.

Related: How Infrared Technology Could Help Fight Wildlife Poaching ( National Geographic)


UK says Russia spied on the Skripals for at least five years .
The National Security Adviser says Russia has been training ‘special units’ in the use of chemical warfare agents. He said that it included investigating ways of delivering nerve agents by applying them to door handles. The strongest concentration of the Novichok nerve agent found in the Salisbury incident was on the front door of Mr Skripal’s home.

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