Saturday, 13 April 2013

Elephant Attack,3 People Killed - Zambia.

Photo Of Another Elephant Attack
A RAMPAGING elephant has killed three people in Kazungula District, sending residents scampering for safety
 The beast, suspected to have migrated from neighbouring Zimbabwe, left a trail of destruction in Chief Sekute’a area as it trampled the victims, two of them women.
 Southern Province police chief Charity Katanga confirmed the incident which occurred in a space of two hours in three different villages.
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers were alerted and gunned down the animal, two hours after the brutal killing of the three victims and destruction of vegetation.
ZAWA officers later donated the meat to the three bereaved families.
Ms Katanga said the elephant on Thursday killed Rosemary Kankolo Mapena, 59, of Mwilu Village around 06:00 hours, Chuma Siabene, 53, of Siakantu Village around 08: 00 hours and Francis Mwangala, 53, of Mufana Village at 08:30 hours.
“The elephant was wandering in the area and it seems that it is the same animal which recently killed another person in Zimba District,” she said.
The bodies of the three victims have been taken to Batoka Hospital mortuary in Livingstone.
ZAWA area warden Brighton Kasamu said his officers killed the elephant the same day at 11: 00 hours and gave the meat to the three bereaved families.
“We trailed the elephant and killed it about 200 metres away from the last village where it killed the last person. We have since given its meat to the three bereaved families,” Mr Kasamu said.
 Chief Sekute said he was relieved that ZAWA managed to track down the stray elephant.
He said had it not been killed, the wild animal could have killed more people.
The traditional ruler suspected that the animal came from Zimbabwe after it was wounded.
 Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe visited the bereaved families in Kazungula yesterday and described the incident as tragic and regrettable.

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