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article imageKiller elephant nicknamed 'Osama' shot dead in India

By Chris V. Thangham     May 31, 2008 in World
The wild elephant nicknamed “Osama bin Laden” that has been terrorizing villagers in eastern India for the last two months was finally shot dead. Osama is blamed to have killed at least 11 people and injured dozens of others.
The villagers named the elephant “Osama bin Laden” after it had terrorized them for the past two months. It eluded capture until today, when forest officials and a police team tracked it down and shot it dead in the eastern state of Jharkhand on Friday.
Ravi Ranjan, a senior government, official told Reuters: "Yes, Osama has finally been killed and it took us 20 bullets to silence him."
Hundreds of villagers flocked to see the dead “Osama."
Forest officials killed another elephant on Thursday near a village in the northern part of India. The elephant had killed at least seven people and injured 24 before it was shot dead.
According to Srikant Chandola, chief wildlife officer for the Jim Corbett National Park, the female elephant entered the village of Bhudaheda and destroyed crops. The villagers tried to scare it away by beating drums, but it turned deadly when the elephant began to trample the villagers, killing seven people.
Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, said the elephant had apparently entered the village after becoming separated from its herd.
As Indian populations expand into the jungles, the habitat for elephants is shrinking and leads to troubles like this scenario. Officials should put up fences to separate the animals from the villagers.
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