Elephant kills British soldier

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A British soldier was killed during counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain’s defence ministry said.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot, serving with the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed on May 5 during his first operational deployment, the ministry said.

British media reported the soldier was believed to have been trampled by an elephant.

“He was proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator and tragically died doing great good,” commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Launders, said in a statement.

Britain’s Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Talbot died doing vital work.

“This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military face as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those seeking to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife,” Mordaunt said.