File photo of elephants at the Tsavo West National Park, near Voi, Kenya. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 6 (Xinhua) — Two people were killed in a wild elephant attack in the Tanzania’s central region of Singida on Monday, police said.
Debora Magiligimba, Singida Regional Police Commander, said that a group of 32 elephants stormed the remote village of Musimi in Ikungi District, killing two farmers.
She said the incident occurred on Monday morning around 10 a.m.
The situation caused mayhem in the village as most people were puzzled to learn that the largest mammals were in the village, the regional police chief said.
Magiligimba further said the elephants might have strayed from either Maswa Game Reserve or Kigosi and Kizigo Game Reserves.
She also explained that the area where the elephants were roaming was the wildlife corridor and 1974 was the last time when the animals invaded the area.
The Monday’s accident came a day when a group of 43 elephants stormed into five villages of Monduli district in northern Tanzania, causing fear among villagers and destroying 43 hectares of crops.
According to the law on compensation for destruction made by wildlife, Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is responsible for compensating those who had been affected by elephants’ invasion.