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Elephant named after Osama bin Laden dies after going on wild stampede that left five dead

An elephant named after Osama bin Laden has died in captivity after going on a wild stampede that killed five people.

The animal died yesterday at the Orang National Park in Assam, India, where officials were planning to teach it to patrol wildlife parks and sanctuaries.

The elephant killed five people through the Goalpara district in October.

It had been tracked for days by forestry officers and was tranquilised last week.


"The animal was behaving as normal. It was, however, kept with its legs tied so that it couldn't escape," a park ranger, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.

The keeper reported the animal dead at roughly 5am on Sunday, he said.

A senior official said the state government had sent a team of veterinarians to carry out an autopsy.

At the moment, the cause of death remains unclear.

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