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Two killed by elephants near Lindi southern Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Two people, including a primary school pupil, were killed in a village in Tanzania’s southern region of Lindi, a local leader said on Sunday.

Hamis Kalembo, Mkoka ward councilor, said the victims were attacked by the jumbos on Saturday afternoon as they were searching for lost goats in dense bush of Likwera village, where elephants have been roaming about for over a week.

“After having found themselves in danger, each of them started running to safety and one of the two children ran in one direction where one of them fell to the ground,” said Kalembo.

However, the marauding elephants did not attack the boy that fell to the ground and instead kept chasing after the other boy that was running ahead and reached and killed him, said Kalembo.

The local leader added that after having killed the boy the elephants started to attack another villager and crushed him to death.

Nachingwea District Commissioner Rukia Muwango confirmed the incident, saying game wardens have been sent to the scene to drive away the elephants.

Lindi Regional Police Commander Renata Mzinga said the game wardens were still searching for the elephants. They are to drive them back to nearby Selous Game Reserve.

The previous elephant attack on humans occurred Thursday, when a 25-year-old grape farmer was trampled to death by a stray elephant in Tanzania’s central district of Chamwino, 187 km from the country’s capital, Dodoma.

In June, two farmers in Singida were killed by a herd of 32 elephants.

In May, four elephants roamed the University of Dodoma campus, bringing the university to a standstill. Park rangers were called in and the elephants were eventually scared off.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Stray elephant kills grape farmer in Tanzania

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A grape farmer was trampled to death by a stray wild elephant in Tanzania’s central district of Chamwino, police said on Friday.

Ernest Kimola, acting Dodoma Regional Police Commander, said the elephant might have been strayed from Ruaha National Park or Kizigo Game Reserve as the affected village is close to the two sanctuaries.

He said the 25-year-old man was attacked by an elephant when he was preparing a grape farm in the area located 187 kilometers from Tanzania’s capital Dodoma.

He said that incident occurred on Thursday at around 9 a.m. when the man was busy digging canals in his grape farm. Dodoma is the only region growing grapes in the east African nation and this time around people are busy preparing new farms for the lucrative crop.

Another villager was badly injured and has been hospitalized at the Mvumi Mission Hospital for treatment.

The regional police chief said that wildlife rangers have been sent into the affected village to chase the strayed elephant into the wilderness.

Peter Songoro, medical doctor in-charge of Mvumi Mission Hospital, said the injured man had already undergone surgeries, as one of his legs and ribs were broken.

One of the eyewitnesses, Silvester Kwanga, said that the elephant landed in the village at around 9 a.m., when people were busy with their farming activities.

According to Kwanga, the elephant disappeared into the wilderness soon after the incident.

The tragedy came barely few weeks when villagers in central Tanzania’s district of Bahi were reported to have been living in fear following the frequent invasion of wild elephants.

In May, four elephants roamed the University of Dodoma campus, bringing the university to a standstill for the day. Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) rangers were called in and the elephants were eventually scared off.

In June, elephants in Arusha destroyed 43 hectares of crops. Also that month, two farmers in Singida were killed by a herd of 32 elephants.

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