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Rampaging wild elephant kills Indonesian farmer

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia >> A rampaging wild elephant has trampled a farmer to death on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Nyak Cut, a paramedic, says three farmers in Geumpang village in Aceh province were trying to drive away a herd of wild elephants from their fields Saturday when one of the animals charged, sending the men fleeing.

Cut says one of the farmers, 60-year-old Muhammad Amin, was trampled to death after he stumbled and fell.

He says villagers have threatened to kill the elephants if authorities fail to protect their farms.

Only 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to remain in the wild. They’re threatened by their shrinking habitat, with jungles being cleared for commercial farming or felled for lumber. The elephants sometimes venture into inhabited areas in search of food.

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