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Wild elephant kills tourist in Nepal

AFP | Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

A one and a half months old baby elephant stands close to its mother at Chitwan National Park.

Photo: Reuters

Kathmandu - A wild elephant killed an Indian tourist in Nepal's largest national park on Tuesday in the second deadly attack in recent months.

The 22-year-old woman was returning on foot with her parents from a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park when the elephant charged at the group.

"She was immediately taken to a hospital but died while under treatment," Chitwan's police chief Deepak Thapa told AFP.

"Her parents were not hurt." Last month a woman was trampled to death and two others were injured when wild elephants rampaged through a village in the southern district of Bardia.

There are about 300 elephants in Nepal, mostly domesticated. They are used to take tourists on jungle rides and for anti-poaching patrols in the country's national parks.

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