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Three killed in wild elephant attack in Assam

Three killed in wild elephant attack in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 16: Three persons were killed on Monday in Assam's Goalpara district after a group of wild elephants entered a village and attacked the people, the police said.

A police officer told IANS that the wild elephants entered Kurung village -- along the Assam-Meghalaya border, around 3 a.m., probably in search of food.

When the villagers saw the elephants, they began running to escape the animals. However, three persons, unfortunately, came in front of the elephants' group and they died.

The herd of elephants eventually fled after hearing the screams of the people.

The injured persons were rushed to the hospital but the doctors declared them dead.

The deceased have been identified as Him Kumar Roy, Sachit Vishwakarma, and Sharat Lama.

The police said that six months ago, in a similar attack, a person died in the same village.

The villagers said that due to the scarcity of food in the jungle, wild elephants often enter the village.

They have urged the state government to identify the elephant buffer zones surrounding the villages and take necessary steps to curb the man-animal conflict.

The village is located at a distance of 35 km from Goalpara town.

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