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Tourist from China’s Taiwan killed by hippo at Lake Naivasha

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A tourist from China’s Taiwan died while another was injured on Saturday afternoon after an attack by a hippopotamus on the shores of Lake Naivasha, about 95 km northwest of the Kenyan capital, the Chinese embassy in Nairobi confirmed on Sunday.

The two tourists were taking photos when they were attacked by the hippo at around 3 p.m. on Saturday at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

The Chinese Embassy in Kenya dispatched officials to the scene and requested the Kenyan authorities to boost security at tourist resorts to avoid attacks by wildlife.

The embassy conveyed condolences over the death of the victim and wished the injured a quick recovery.

"It is the unshakable duty of the Chinese government to provide consular protection services to Taiwanese compatriots," a spokesman at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya said.

"The Chinese Embassy in Kenya will work closely with the Kenyan government to help evacuate the body of the victim, treat the wounded and handle the aftermath," added the spokesman.

The east African nation has in recent years witnessed the death of several foreign tourists in hippo attacks.

           

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