Zimbabwe PH & Son Killed in Alleged Case of "Mistaken Identity".

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Harare (AFP) - An Italian father and son who lived in Zimbabwe were shot dead by a wildlife ranger while on an anti-poaching patrol in an apparent case of mistaken identity, a safari industry representative said Monday. The two were killed in the Mana Pools national park in northern Zimbabwe on Sunday."Claudio Chiarelli, who was an accomplished professional hunter who brought European tourists to Zimbabwe, was accidentally shot with his son and they both died," Emmanuel Fundira, head of the Safari Operators Association, told AFP."Claudio and some colleagues were on a trip with a parks anti-poaching unit when a ranger came from nowhere and shot at them while they were standing outside their vehicle."We understand it was a case of mistaken identity."Fundira said private individuals regularly assist the Zimbabwean parks department's anti-poaching activities by providing logistical support for patrols.An Italian embassy official, who declined to be named, said the Chiarelli, reportedly from Padua, had lived in Zimbabwe since 1982 and that his son was born in the country.Italian media reports said Chiarelli was 50, and identified his son as 20-year-old Massimiliano."We can confirm it happened yesterday at Mana Pools national park but we are not aware of the exact details," said the official."We are in contact with the family. It's a tragedy. The loss of a father and a son, and also for Zimbabwe for the bad publicity it will generate."The government parks department and police said they were investigating the incident. - See more at: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-84461.html#sthash.CISMyQV4.dpuf
 

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That's very sad. My condolences to the family,
 

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Very sad news, prayers for the family during their time of loss
 

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Such a tragedy, prayers to the family.
 

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What a screwed up mess. The whole world has gone to hell!
 

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What a horrible event! My condolences.

A couple of Italian men, standing beside a vehicle with an anti-poaching patrol, were mistaken for what exactly?!
 
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Absolute tragedy that leaves a stench on the smell test.
 

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What a horrible event! My condolences.

A couple of Italian men, standing beside a vehicle with an anti-poaching patrol, were mistaken for what exactly?!
My thoughts exactly????
Absolute tragedy that leaves a stench on the smell test.
I thought the same thing. How in the hell could this have been "mistaken identity"????????
 
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My condolences to their family and friends.
 

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how can something like this happen???
 

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A terrible tragedy.

Having said that, when rangers are given orders to shoot first and ask questions later, or shoot on sight, or whatever you call it, it's somewhat surprising, at least to me, that this hasn't happened before. I know that anti-poaching is both a difficult and a dangerous job, but there are lots of people in parks and hunting areas who have a legitimate right to be there. And some of those even have guns. We don't allow police to shoot on sight, and without identifying a target, so I wonder why we let rangers do that?
 

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A terrible tragedy.

Having said that, when rangers are given orders to shoot first and ask questions later, or shoot on sight, or whatever you call it, it's somewhat surprising, at least to me, that this hasn't happened before. I know that anti-poaching is both a difficult and a dangerous job, but there are lots of people in parks and hunting areas who have a legitimate right to be there. And some of those even have guns. We don't allow police to shoot on sight, and without identifying a target, so I wonder why we let rangers do that?

we have no control over anything in africa,or this country so it seems.
 

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Here is an incident in Namibia back in 2002.

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Something smells rotten to me.
 

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That really sucks. Go to Africa, and get shot at by poachers, as well as anti-poaching patrols.
 

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My condolences to their family. I hope this is truly an accident and the ranger isn't part of some poaching ring looking to take someone out.
 

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Here is an incident in Namibia back in 2002.

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I was really impressed the first time I caught a glimpse of blaze orange moving through a dense tree line some 300 yards in front of me; this stuff probably saves a lot of lives. But this tragedy really comes down to the basic training of identifying your target, and what's beyond, before pulling the trigger.

Now the poaching patrol killing is something else.
 

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