Marauding elephant kills Malawi game ranger, 2 others in Zomba

An elephant, which escaped from Liwonde national park in Malawi’s Eastern district of Machinga and caused devastation in Zomba on Wednesday and Thursday, attacked and killed three people, among them a 34-year-old game ranger, Fredrick Galimoto.

The others are Mikaele Nansalu and 45 year-old Felix Julius, both from Nansawa in Zomba whereas Galimoto hails from Jenala village in southern district of Phalombe, according to Eastern Region Police publicist Thomeck Nyaude.

Nyaude said when the elephant was spotted at Malosa in Zomba, Liwonde National Pak sent two game rangers to drive it back to the park but it instead attacked and trampled on Galimoto to death before escaping.

“Then the elephant was later spotted at in Mpondabwino in the early hours of Thursday before it went to Nansawa in the same district where it also killed Julius and Nansalu.ele[phant

“The elephant also injured a 59 year-old woman from Traditional Authority Malemia in the same district who is no receiving medical treatment,” said Nyaude.

The park, located on the upper Shire River plain, east of the river, 140 km north of Limbe in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial hub, is home to several species of antelope, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, and hippopotamus, among others.

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