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A 51 year-old woman was fatally attacked by a group of elephants while she was in her mahangu field at Popa village situated some 210km east of Rundu on Tuesday morning.

The incident happened while the woman was apparently busy collecting maize crops from her mahangu field, when a herd of elephants intruded the crop field and attacked her.

Kavango regional Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told this reporter on Thursday that parents of the deceased only heard her screaming once for help while the elephants also made a loud noise from the same direction where the deceased was screaming.

After the group of elephants left, the deceased’s mother and father then visited the spot only to find their daughter lying dead in a pool of blood with elephants tracks around her.

The deceased was identified as Frankilde Mayinga, a resident of Popa village. The deceased next of kin were already informed.

(edited)POPA VILLAGE: A 51-year-old woman was fatally attacked by a herd of elephants while working her mahangu field at the Popa village east of Rundu on Tuesday morning.

The incident apparently occurred while the woman, identified as Frankilde Mayinga, was busy harvesting maize from her mahangu field.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Thursday that Mayinga’s parents heard her screaming for help, and also heard elephants trumpeting in the same direction.

They rushed to that area, only to find their daughter’s body lying in a pool of blood, with elephant footprints around her.

Mayinga was a resident of the Popa village, which is situated some 210 kilometres from Rundu.

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