Two killed by elephants in north-eastern Namibia

WINDHOEK: An elderly person and a teenager were attacked and killed by elephants in the Zambezi and Kavango regions on Friday.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Spokesperson Slogan Matheus told a media briefing here on Sunday that an Angolan national was among the deceased who died after they were attacked an elephant in the Zambezi region.

The 52-year old Angolan national who has not yet been identified, and a co-worker were busy cutting bushes to clear land for cultivation when an elephant allegedly attacked them at about 08h00 in the Linyandi Area.

The elephant allegedly fatally attacked the deceased, killing him on the spot while his co-worker, 56, who is of the same nationality managed to escape unharmed.

The deceased’s next of kin has not yet been informed.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl was also killed by an elephant at her homestead in the Mupapama Village in the Kavango East region on Friday.

The deceased identified as Nangura Putji was with her three sisters when the elephant was passing by their homestead.

The deceased and her siblings allegedly started chasing the elephant away from the homestead into the bushes which resulted in the attack.

The three girls fled and escaped unharmed.

The deceased’s next of kin has been informed and police investigations into the matter continue.