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A cop died Tuesday after a border patrol base came under attack from two charged elephants which had strayed from Cecil Kopje Nature Reserve.
Although local police confirmed the incident, they refused to shed more light on what transpired referring questions to their superiors in Harare. However, sources privy to the incident said the junior cop was on duty at Rimai Base, about six kilometres from the reserve which is located along Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, when the jumbos attacked him.
Cecil Kopje is run by the privately-owned Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe.
The soldier saw the two elephants and warned his colleagues who ran away in different directions. The victim was, however, unfortunate as he met the jumbos on his way back to the base. The elephants reportedly charged towards the cop and trampled him to death.
Residents who reside near the nature reserve have, over the years, lobbied for relocation of the elephants, saying they were a threat to human life and property.