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Elephants kill five people in two attacks in eastern India

Elephants have killed five people in two separate attacks in eastern India, an official said.

One of the animals died after being tranquillised.

Senior forest official Ajay Das said one man was killed on Monday after he walked out of his home in a village in the Burdwan district of West Bengal state.

The man encountered five elephants, and was tossed in the air and trampled by one of them.

In a separate incident on Sunday in another part of the district, four people were killed when three elephants attacked them.

Mr Das said one elephant in that group, a male, was tranquillised and later died. An adult female and a calf ran away. The three elephants left a trail of destruction, he said.

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