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Wandering leopard raids Tanzania village and attacks three people

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A leopard strayed into a village on Friday night in Tanzania’s eastern district of Handeni in Tanga region and inflicted injuries on three people, police said on Saturday.

Benedict Wakulyamba, Tanga regional police commander, confirmed the attack of the leopard on the three villagers saying the animal disappeared after the night raid.

"The animal raided Gole village on Friday at night and attacked the villagers," said Wakulyamba.

Twahibu Hassan, one of the victims, said the leopard found its way in Gole village on Friday at night and started attacking residents it came across.

"I screamed to alert people that I was in trouble but help seemed to be very far away since most of the people were asleep at that time," said Hassan.

Hamisi Rashidi, another victim, said when he heard the noise from Hassan he came out of his house on a rescue mission only to end up being attacked by the leopard.

"I started to fight the animal until other villagers came and attacked the animal using every arsenal they had," said Rashidi.

"But before it disappeared, the leopard attacked another villager," said Rashidi.

Hudi Shehedadi, the Handeni district hospital medical officer, said all the three victims were treated at the health facility and he described their conditions as satisfactory.

The Handeni district wildlife officer, Mussa Rajabu, said they suspected the leopard sneaked from the nearby Saadan National Park in Bagamoyo district in Coast region.

"We are doing all we can to trace the animal and take necessary steps," said Rajabu.
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