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By Patience Lunda:

NAMWAZA — Victims sustained various injuries

Five people have been injured after bullets that were fired to kill a hippopotamus accidentally landed on them.

The incident occurred on May 31 2020 at Nkhokwe Village in Kasungu district.

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Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer, Harry Namwaza, said the incident happened when officials from the Parks and Wildlife office were assigned to kill the hippo which has been threatening lives of people of Mtema Village in Traditional Authority Chisemphere in the district.

However, in the course of shooting the hippo, the live bullets accidentally landed on the five victims who were at close to the dam where the hippo was hiding.

“The victims sustained various injuries and were taken to Kasungu District Hospital for treatment,” Namwaza said.

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Meanwhile, four of the victims have been discharged after receiving treatment but one is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

In reaction to the incident, a security expert, Eugene Njoloma, called on the Parks and Wildlife officials to caution villagers before undertaking such tasks as a measure of ensuring the villagers are safe.

Njoloma also stressed the need for adequate training on the use of firearms, saying it helps users to be proficient and careful when using guns.

“It is important for parks and game rangers using guns to warn communities in advance so that the people can take cover elsewhere far from the area of action. Adequate training of firearm use is also crucial as it helps the users to appreciate when and where to use them,” he said.

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