Operation Lock’s Secret

This is one of the operational reports compiled in June 1989 by Colonel Ian Crooke, the leader of Operation Lock, an ill-fated covert plan to combat rhino poaching and assassinate rhino horn dealers in Southern Africa. The strange tale is the subject of two chapters in Killing for Profit.

Crooke, a decorated  SAS veteran led a team of British mercenaries to South Africa where they tried to infiltrate rhino smuggling rings. The operation was controversially  funded by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and sanctioned by the WWF. Read the full report below…

 

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