Livingstone, September 30, 2019, ZANIS-------An identified man of Livingstone has been killed by an elephant in the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park.

Department of National Parks and Wildlife Southern Region Senior Wildlife Warden Lewis Daka confirmed the development in an interview in Livingstone on Monday.

Mr Daka said the unidentified man suspected to be in his forties was killed last evening by the wild animal.

“Yes, I can confirm that a man in his forties was killed last night by an elephant and he is yet to be identified,” he said.

He said indications on the scene pointed to the man being a small scale cross border trader operating between Livingstone and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe, going by the cabbages found near where he was killed.

Mr Daka cautioned people to refrain from moving in the national park during the night for their own safety.

He further said since the incident happened during the night, it was hard to tell whether the man was heading from the Victoria Falls border area into Livingstone town or the other way round.

Meanwhile, Zambia Police Public Relations Officer Esther Mwata Katongo said the incident happened at an unknown time between Dry Manzi and Mukuni Turn Off.

Ms Katongo said the elephant which killed the unidentified man is believed to have carried off the bag of cabbages the deceased was carrying and in the process, a few of the vegetables dropped off.

In a statement released to the media, Ms Katongo said the victim sustained several injuries and his intestines were protruding when members of the public found his body.

The body of the deceased is currently in Batoka Hospital Mortuary.