Australian tourist killed by elephant in Namibia

An Australian man has been killed by an elephant in Namibia, the African nation’s government says.

The 59-year-old man was camping with a group of tourists when he was killed by the animal, Namibia’s Ministry of Tourism said in a Facebook post.

“Sadly today the ministry received a report that a tourist was killed by an elephant,” the post said, adding it had confirmed the death.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable.

“It has thus far been established that the area in which the group of tourists were camping is not a designated camping site.”

The ministry said Australian man was killed in the Huab River, Kunene Region, which is a mountainous desert area in Namibia’s north-west and home to the African Desert Elephant.

“We wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased,” the post said.

Police are investigating and authorities are working to establish if the tourists were on a guided tour.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was seeking to confirm reports of the man’s death.

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