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.

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."

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

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