File - Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Park ranges stand near the remains of three elephants that were killed by poachers in the Garamba National Park, situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP Photo/African Parks)
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One of Africa's oldest national parks is under attack "from all fronts," its director said Friday, after 68 elephants were slaughtered over the past two months by poachers wielding chain saws and grenades and shooting them from helicopters.The Johannesburg-based African Parks group, which manages the park, said that since mid-May, the 5,000 square kilometer Garamba National Park in Congo has faced an onslaught from several bands of poachers who have already killed 4 percent of its elephant population.A 2012 census found just 2,000 elephants in Garamba Park, down from 20,000 in the 1960s.African Parks, which runs seven parks in six countries in cooperation with local authorities, said the poachers include renegade elements of the Congolese army, gunmen from South Sudan, and members of the Lord's Resistance Army, a militant rebel group whose fugitive leader Joseph Kony is an alleged war criminal.
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