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Three school pupils dead after lion attack in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Three school pupils have been killed by a lion while another child was seriously injured in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The children were searching for their cattle that got lost in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The three youngsters were aged between nine and eleven years.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania is a World Heritage Site that is home to wildlife including big cats such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

The Ngoile primary school headteacher, Lobulu Meeje said all the three pupils were from the same family.

“Information I have, after school session they were told that their cattle had got lost and they started to search before they were attacked by lion’’ said the headteacher from Ngoile primary school.

The school headteacher added that lions ate the boys’ flesh and only left skulls.

It is said that before they were killed, two of them climbed trees while trying to escaping.

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Arusha police chief Justine Masejo confirmed the death of the three children and urged the nomadic communities around the reserved areas to take precautions.

“I would like to urge the nomadic communities around the reserved areas to take precautions against fierce animals especially when they task their children to take care of the livestock. That will help to protect the children and their families,” Masejo said.

Tanzania allows some communities such as the Maasai, who graze their livestock alongside wild animals, to live within national parks.

However, they are often in conflict with animals such as lions and elephants which can attack people, livestock and destroy crops.

Last year, Tanzania relocated 36 lions from the Serengeti National Park after attacks on humans and cattle from the surrounding communities.

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