At least two people have died in Zimbabwe after they were attacked by lions that had broken free from a game reserve.
Confirming the deaths on Thursday, wildlife officials said the area around the resort town of Kariba where the lions had escaped was not safe and warned people living there to be careful about their movements.
The police have warned residents to stay away from footpaths.
"Two people, a male and female, were attacked and killed by lions in Kariba, 365km northwest of Harare" Caroline Washaya-Moyo of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority said, adding that members of the security forces have been deployed in the town and its bushy outskirts to rein in the lions whose whereabouts are still unknown.
She could not confirm reports of a third death in connection with the escaped lions.
She said the police are not sure how many of the lions from a nearby zoo are still at large but claimed a group of local hunters have also been dispatched to track them down.
Meanwhile one among the hunters was accidentally shot and injured during the hunt for the big cats.
Zimbabwe has a number of wildlife conversation camps where lions, leopards, rhinoceroses and other animals are held.
Source African Press Agency
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