A soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants on Thursday in Botswana, the country’s defence force has said.

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Spokesperson for the force, Fana Maswabi said that the incident occurred at one of their operational bases around 06:30 hours local time.

It was learned that the military authorities withheld the name of the deceased soldier as his family had not been informed.

“Investigations surrounding the circumstances which led to the attack are ongoing and we request the public to accord the family and friends of the deceased the respect and privacy they deserve to mourn their loved one,” Maswabi said.