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    Charging elephant kills U.S. tourist in Namibia

Monday, September 4, 2000

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - An American tourist has been killed and another injured by a charging elephant cow in Namibia's remote northwest region, the Ministry of Information said Monday.

Tourist Donald Hall was trampled to death Saturday as he climbed out of a vehicle to take photographs and was surprised by a group of about seven elephants in a riverbed near Khorixas, the ministry said in a statement.

A second tourist identified only as Dr Said from San Francisco was injured and had since flown home, the government said.

The local Die Republikein newspaper quoted Said as saying the group included two young elephants.

"The whole thing was over in about 10 or 15 seconds," he told the newspaper.

The government offered condolences to Hall's family but said the country was generally safe and repeated a warning that wild animals should be treated with caution.

The government statement said the incident would be investigated and the elephant might be hunted down and shot.

It was the first fatality of the sort since a tourist was trampled while camping in the same Huab River basin about two years ago.

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