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Elephants kill soldier

Rosanna Olowu with agency reports.

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has confirmed an incident in which a soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants on Thursday.

According to BDF’s spokesperson Fana Maswabi, the incident occurred at one of their operational bases around 06:30 hours local time, with the name of the deceased soldier  still being withheld, pending notification of his family.

“Investigations surrounding the circumstances which led to the attack are ongoing and we request the public to accord the family and friends of the deceased the respect and privacy they deserve to mourn their loved one,” Maswabi said.

In another incident in June this year, a 25-year-old BDF soldier was trampled to death by an elephant at Kwando in northern Botswana at night.

On June 22, 2018, Private Boingotlo Eshima was one of the anti-poaching team members deployed to Kwando when the unfortunate incident happened.
He had been a member of the BDF for 11 months.

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