Tanzanian police have said that there are now nine suspects are being held over the killing of British helicopter pilot Roger Gower while on an anti-poaching mission.
The British pilot, who had previously flown for Tropic Air Kenya, was shot while on a joint operation with Tanzanian wildlife authorities in Maswa wildlife reserve near Serengeti National Park.
Simiyu regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said on Monday (8 February) that seven more suspects were arrested in relation to the shooting of Mr Gower, and some of the suspects had identified the man who pulled the trigger.
During the operation to arrest the killers of the 27 year old, affectionately known as ‘Captain Roger’, three elephant tusks and 29 firearms were also seized.
Max and John Gower, Roger’s brothers, set up a JustGiving online campaign to raise money to help anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania in his memory.
After hitting their £50,000 target in just over a week, they increased this to £75,000 and at the time of writing, had already raised £59,202 from 972 donations.
They have also set up a Facebook page in their brother’s memory for friends and relatives to post pictures and memories of Roger.