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Wildlife trophy hunter who posed with killed elephants and lions is shot dead by two men

Riann Naude

A wildlife trophy hunter who killed elephants and lions has been shot dead.

Riaan Naude, 55, was killed at close range when a car pulled up alongside him in the Limpopo region, South Africa.

The area includes part of the Kruger National Park wildlife reserve.

Naude killed scores of African wildlife and posted pictures of himself next to their bodies.

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Lieutenant Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi, of South Africa’s national police force, said:

“The man was lying with his face up and there was blood on his head and face.”

Robbery does not appear to be a motive.

Officers found a pair of hunting rifles, clothes, water, whisky, and pyjamas lying nearby.

The Heritage Protection Group, a not-for-profit group against rhino poaching, claim there are two suspects involved in the hunter’s murder.

The group wrote in a Facebook post:

“According to eyewitnesses, a white bakkie [truck] stopped next to him and shot him in cold blood at a short distance, after which the two suspects got out and only stole his pistol.

“They then jumped into the vehicle and raced in the direction of Marken.

“Traces were trampled on the scene.

“All the personal belongings were still in the vehicle, weapons, ammunition, hunting equipment and clothes were left as is.”

Mr Naude ran the Pro Hunt Africa firm, a “hunting and Eco Safari outfit” in northern South Africa.

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