An eight-year-old boy was killed by an elephant in Muzarabani while his 12-year-old brother, Solomon who sustained multiple body injuries survived the attack and is now receiving medical attention.
Narrating the ordeal from his hospital bed at St Alberts Mission Hospital, Muzarabani, Solomon said they had gone into the woods as usual. He narrated:
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We had gone out to look for our cattle with my young brother when we heard the bell of our cows we stopped; little did we know that an elephant was roaming in the same area.
The moment we saw it, my young brother screamed in fear and the elephant started running towards us. The elephant caught up with my brother trampled on him.
While I tried to rescue him, the elephant pierced my stomach and threw me into a nearby tree where I lost consciousness for a moment.
Then I woke up later and rushed to a nearby villager who assisted me to come to the hospital.
Speaking after visiting the hospitalised boy, Muzarabani North legislator, Honourable Zhemu Soda urged relevant authorities to reduce the growing numbers of dangerous animals which were killing people and also disturbing farming activities.
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