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Read why this elephant has been nicknamed "Bin Laden"

by Staff writer



An Indian elephant's murderous instinct has led to it being named after the late Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

The elephant has killed five Indian villagers in the space of 2 months, leading to locals dubbing it "Bin Laden".


There was some relief on Monday after "Bin Laden" was eventually caught by a massively-equipped wildlife hunt group.

Officials said the massive operation to hunt down "Bin Laden" lasted several days before the creature was finally caught.

The group used drones and domesticated elephants to enable the hunt.

"We started the final leg of the operation today...two darts were fired by experts which had tranquilized the male elephant," a senior forestry official told AFP.

"Now the work is on to shift the elephant to a forest where there is no human habitation nearby."

The animal killed five people, including three women, during a 24-hour rampage through Goalpara district in October.

Officials said they would take the elephant's welfare into account as well as the safety of people living nearby in deciding where it would be relocated.

Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India over the last five years, according to official figures released in June.

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