Four injured in wild bear attack

Balasore: Four people were injured, one of them critically, in a wild bear attack on Sunday at Machada village, about 45 km from here.

"Three bears from nearby Debagiri forest entered the village and attacked the passers-by when villagers spotted them near a bush and started throwing stones at them," officer-in-charge of Khaira police station Anil Mohanty said.

"The animals became aggressive due to gathering of a large number of villagers who started pelting stones," he said.

"Because of the large gathering they could not return to the local forest and became violent, he said.

Forest officials from Oupada have reached the spot to rescue the animals hiding in a mud structure.

The injured were admitted to nearby hospitals.