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Enraged elephant runs amok in West Bengal

An elephant has gone on a rampage in the Indian town of Siliguri after accidentally wandering into the city centre.

A wild elephant that strayed into the town moves through the streets as people follow at Siliguri in West Bengal state, India, Wednesday. The elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest on Wednesday, crossing roads and a small river before entering the town. The panicked elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes before it was tranquilized.
A wild elephant that strayed into the town moves through the streets as people follow at Siliguri in West Bengal state, India, Wednesday. The elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest on Wednesday, crossing roads and a small river before entering the town. The panicked elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes before it was tranquilized. Image by AP Photo

The enraged pachyderm has damaged cars and motorcycles, knocked over market stalls and damaged buildings, but no people have been hurt. Attempts to tranquilise the elephant have so far proved unsuccessful and residents have been asked to stay out of the way of the furious jumbo until forest officials can subdue the beast.

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