Nepalese mahouts ride their elephants to the polo grounds during the 35th International Elephant Polo Competition Kawasuti Gondhat, Chitwan District, some 235 kms from Kathmandu on December 2, 2016.(AFP Photo)
Nepalese mahouts ride their elephants to the polo grounds during the 35th International Elephant Polo Competition Kawasuti Gondhat, Chitwan District, some 235 kms from Kathmandu on December 2, 2016.(AFP Photo)

Herd of elephants attack Nepal village; one dead, 2 injured

Government official Dilli Ram Acharya said the elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn, when there was not much light and poor visibility due to winter fog.
AP, Kathmandu | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2016 02:14 PM IST

A herd of elephants attacked a village in southwest Nepal on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding two others, officials said.

Government official Dilli Ram Acharya said the elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn, when there was not much light and poor visibility due to winter fog.

Acharya said the villagers did not see the elephants coming and did not have a chance to run.

Security forces were sent to the area to chase the elephants back to the forest. The injured people were taken to a nearby town for treatment.

Acharya says the village is close to Bardia National Park, home to many elephants, but it was rare for people to be killed by the animals.

The park is protected by government soldiers and is home to endangered tigers, one-horned rhinos and many other animals.

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