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Australian tourist killed by elephant in Namibia

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Namibia's environment ministry said the tourist was in an area not designated for camping. Photo: Twitter
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Police are investigating the death of an Australian man after he was killed by an elephant in a river while on holiday in Namibia.

According to that country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the 59-year-old man was was killed in the Huab river in the Kunene region where a group of tourists were camping on Thursday local time.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable,” the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism confirmed in a statement posted on social media.

The ministry revealed the area where the group of tourists was camping “was not a designated camping site”, the statement read.

“Among other things we also want to establish if the tourists were guided by a tour guide.

Sandly today the Ministry received a report that a tourist was killed by an elephant. The Ministry has since confirmed…

Posted by Ministry of Environment and Tourism Namibia on Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Ministry warned tourists to “always be cautious and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place for their safety”.

The man’s identity has not yet been revealed.

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An elephant crosses the road in front of a group of tourists in their four-wheel-drive in the Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo: Getty

“Finally, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.

The ABC reported the Kunene region is home to one of only two known groups of desert elephants in the world, according to Namibia’s tourism board.

Namibia’s tourism board says the elephants are slightly smaller than other African elephants, have larger feet and longer legs and travel in smaller groups.