DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A leopard strayed
into a village on Friday night in Tanzania’s eastern district of
Handeni in Tanga region and inflicted injuries on three people,
police said on Saturday.
Benedict Wakulyamba, Tanga
regional police commander, confirmed the attack of the leopard
on the three villagers saying the animal disappeared after the
"The animal raided Gole village on Friday at night and
attacked the villagers," said Wakulyamba.
Twahibu Hassan, one of the victims, said the leopard found
its way in Gole village on Friday at night and started attacking
residents it came across.
"I screamed to alert people that I was in trouble but help
seemed to be very far away since most of the people were asleep
at that time," said Hassan.
Hamisi Rashidi, another victim, said when he heard the noise
from Hassan he came out of his house on a rescue mission only to
end up being attacked by the leopard.
"I started to fight the animal until other villagers came and
attacked the animal using every arsenal they had," said Rashidi.
"But before it disappeared, the leopard attacked another
villager," said Rashidi.
Hudi Shehedadi, the Handeni district hospital medical
officer, said all the three victims were treated at the health
facility and he described their conditions as satisfactory.
The Handeni district wildlife officer, Mussa Rajabu, said
they suspected the leopard sneaked from the nearby Saadan
National Park in Bagamoyo district in Coast region.
"We are doing all we can to trace the animal and take
necessary steps," said Rajabu.
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