A Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer was gored to death by a hippopotamus while on patrol on the banks of the Limpopo River on Friday.
The soldier was identified as Pelious Moyo from Tongwe. He was declared on arrival at Beitbridge District Hospital.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the serviceman’s passing away. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:
We confirm the unfortunate death of the member (of the ZNA) who was on patrol at the time of the attack. Police are investigating the circumstances.
Moyo was part of soldiers stationed at a checkpoint between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Reports indicate that he was attacked at dawn as the animal was headed to the river from grazing.
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The Zimbabwe National Army is the country's military wing which was established with the role of ensuring territorial integrity, peace, stability and security. The force was established in 1980 after the country attained its Independence from colonial rule. Read More About Zimbabwe National Army