, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Mar 30 – A middle aged woman was on Tuesday trampled to death by a stray elephant at Wiyumiririe area adjacent to the vast Aberdare forest.
The victim was in a group of eight women who had gone to fetch firewood when the jumbo ambushed them at around 10am. According to eyewitnesses, her colleagues scampered for safety leaving the woman behind when she was trampled to death.
“The elephant just appeared from the bush forcing us to flee away in the forest. That is when we heard the woman screaming for help. It is after about 10 minutes that we found her writhing in pain and we could not help. It was so frightening,” Mary Muthoni, her friend told Capital News.
She told reporters that it is while they were trying to get help that the woman, a mother of two succumbed to injuries.
The Kenya Wildlife Service Warden-in-Charge of the Aberdare region Sgt. Simon Wachiuri who confirmed the incident said the jumbo was believed to have strayed from the Aberdare forest.
He said that the officers from the service were searching for the elephant so it could be returned to the park.
“A team of officers has already been sent to survey the ground. We believe that it might have strayed from the park,” he said.
The body of the deceased was moved to Nyahururu district hospital mortuary.