Thursday 8 December 2016

Elephants kill five people in two separate attacks in eastern India

Published 21/03/2016 | 18:19

Indian mourners and relatives gather after a villager was killed by an elephant in Baghasole village, in Burdwan district of West Bengal state. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Indian mourners and relatives gather after a villager was killed by an elephant in Baghasole village, in Burdwan district of West Bengal state. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Elephants have killed five people in two separate attacks in eastern India, an official said.

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One of the animals died after being tranquillised.

Senior forest official Ajay Das said one man was killed on Monday after he walked out of his home in a village in the Burdwan district of West Bengal state.

The man encountered five elephants, and was tossed in the air and trampled by one of them.

In a separate incident on Sunday in another part of the district, four people were killed when three elephants attacked them.

Mr Das said one elephant in that group, a male, was tranquillised and later died. An adult female and a calf ran away. The three elephants left a trail of destruction, he said.

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