The Star (Nairobi)

14 June 2012

Kenya: Three Elephants Attack and Injure Student At Bandari

ANGRY residents of Bandari location in Ganze district have vowed to hunt and kill three marauding elephants in the area if the Kenya Wildlife Service will not drive the animals away.

Their anger was stirred up after a standard seven pupil from Dodosa Primary School was seriously injured by one of the elephants. Daniel Kenga, a youth leader from the area said the boy was going to school yesterday morning when he was attacked by the elephant. Kenga csaid the boy came face to face with the elephants and was thrown into cactus plantations by the elephants using the trunk.

Learning in the area has been affected as a number of students are reported to be staying at home for fear of being attacked by the animals. The area councillor Karisa Nyiro, who took the boy to hospital, warned that the residents may be forced to arm themselves and hunt the animals if the KWS will not take the responsibility of chasing the elephants back into the national park.

Nyiro accused KWS rangers for failing to drive away the animals. "Our children cannot go to school early because they fear they might be attacked by the animals. If they cannot take care of their animals we will hunt them and kill them," he said.

The elephants, suspected to be from the neighboring Tsavo national park, are reported to have been loitering in the area for quite sometime now. The boy who is now recuperating at the Bamba sub-district hospital where he was admitted suffered thorn pricks from the cactus and other body injuries.

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