Man killed by wild elephants in central Vietnam

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A man succumbed to serious injuries after being stomped by a group of wild elephants in the central province of Nghe An, a local border guard agency said on Thursday.

Luong Van May, 31, was working on a terrace field near Khe Ray forest in Phuc Son Commune when he encountered the elephants on April 15, according to the commune's border guards.

May tried to run away but could not escape the animals' attack, they said.

Locals later found him with injuries and rushed him to the hospital, but he died soon afterward.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Le Cao Binh, head of Nghe An Forest Rangers Agency, said every year there were reports of elephants attacking local crops.

A short time before the fatal attack, the animals had destroyed crops in nearby Con Cuong District before being chased away by residents, Binh said.

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Previously, in 2011, the elephants assaulted a tent where four workers were sleeping in Phuc Son Commune, killing one of them, he said, adding that the workers had been hired to plant trees. 

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