Falcon poacher killed by landmine in Red Sea governorate

CAIRO: A falcon hunter was killed and another was injured Thursday after a landmine exploded in a mountainous area between Ras Ghareb and Zafarana cities in the Red Sea governorate, Youm7 reported.

The two hunters, who are from Sharqia in the Delta, were on an illegal hunting trip in the area when they drove their car over a mine, according to Youm7.

The body and the injured hunter, found 45 kilometers away into the area between the two cities, were transferred to Ras Ghareb Central Hospital as the prosecution investigated the incident.

Falcon poaching is frequent in areas in Egypt such as the Red Sea governorate and Halayeb Triangle in southern Egypt, as those two areas host natural reserves.

The lanner falcon is one of the species native to Egypt and one of the most hunted. That particular species was often depicted as the ancient Egyptian God Horus, the deity of the sky and kingship.

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