Austrian tourist killed by elephant in Kunene

A 59-year-old Austrian tourist has been killed by an elephant while on a camping trip in Namibia, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism said Friday.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was among a group of tourists staying at an undesignated camping site on the Huab River in the Kunene region of northwestern Namibia, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable,” the statement said. “We wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.” No further details were provided about how the man died.

The ministry and police were investigating and hoped to establish whether the tour group had a guide, the statement said.

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Initially, Namibia’s tourism ministry reported that an Australian tourist had been killed. Officials later told CNN they determined that the person was Austrian. Namibia is home to more than 20,000 elephants, according to the Tourism Ministry.

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Visitors to the country are warned to “be cautious and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place for their safety.