A wild boar being allegedly pursued by a group of hunters attacked and killed a woman in the south-central province of Quang Ngai on Wednesday.
Pham Thi Hong Hanh, a 39-year-old farmer in Duc Pho District’s Pho Hoa Commune, was trimming a field when a boar, weighing more than 100 kilograms, rushed her and knocked her down.
The boar reportedly bit at her arms, legs, back and chest.
Some nearby farmers heard the sound and rushed to the site. As soon as they arrived, the boar ran away.
Hanh was rushed to hospital but she succumbed to her injuries upon arrival.
Some residents in Hien Van Village, where the attack occurred, said they saw three young men armed with improvised firearms and accompanied by dogs head into a forest near the scene of the attack at around 10 am on Wednesday.
Soon afterward, they heard shots and dogs barking in the woods.
Local police assumed that the boar became panicked after being chased by hunters and attacked the woman.
Hien Van villagers said wild boars were quite common in the hills around the village around 15 years ago. The animals usually travel with herds of buffalo and cattle and did not attack people.
More recently, no boars have been seen in the village, probably due to fierce poaching, they said.
The police are still investigating.