Wild boar attacks four people in Berlin

Wild boar attacks and injures four in a Berlin residential neighborhood before police shoot it. Wild boar are not uncommon in Germany, but wild boar attacks are.

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    A wild boar runs in the 18-mile exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Babchin, Belarus, in this 2009 file photo. In more populated Germany, wild boar are also common. A wild boar attack in suburban Berlin injured four people.
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Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 120 kilogram (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood.

Police said Tuesday the boar bit a 74-year-old man on the back and leg, and knocked a 74-year-old woman to the ground and injured her hip on Monday afternoon in the Charlottenburg area of the capital. It also bit a 24-year-old woman before she climbed aboard a parked car to safety. All three were treated in a hospital.

Police say when a police officer arrived, the wild boar attacked him and cut his leg before he pulled his gun and killed the animal with "multiple shots."

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Wild boars are relatively common in green Berlin, though rarely cause problems beyond digging up gardens.


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