One person killed in bear attack

Malkangiri: A special police officer (SPO) was killed and eight others were injured, two of them seriously, in a wild bear attack MV-2 village in Malkangiri district today.

The wild animal was beaten to death by infuriated villagers after the incident took place at MV-2 village under Malkangiri police station limits, police said.

The injured were admitted to the district headquarters hospital here where the condition of two of them was stated to be critical.

A wild bear sneaked into the village and attacked the villagers by entering their houses, Malkangiri Superintendent of police Anirudh Singh said.

The victim was identified as Sibashankar Madakami (22) and his body was sent for post-mortem.

However, the animal was beaten to death by the angry villagers, Singh said.