Three villagers were attacked and killed by a rogue buffalo in two separate incidents in the north-eastern Mushumbi district in Zimbabwe, a state daily reported Monday.
The Herald newspaper quoted police spokesman Michael Munyikwa as saying that the animal attacked the couple, Adam Wesile and his wife Felistas when they found it feeding on their cotton crops and mistook it for a cow.
The wife tried to drive it away from her crops but it charged at her.
"It was however too late for the woman to run away when she realised it was a buffalo," the newspaper quoted Munyikwa as saying.
"She was attacked and killed on the spot before the buffalo charged towards her husband who had rushed to rescue her and attacked him."
After attacking the couple, the buffalo went on to kill another villager identified as Chimanga who was fetching firewood nearby, the newspaper said.
Wesile died at a local hospital while Chimanga's corpse was found two days later.
The incident came weeks after a lone elephant attacked and killed a British tourist and her 10-year-old daughter and severely injured a guide during a tour in the Hwange game park.
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