Water buffalo rampage leaves 2 dead in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A water buffalo went on a rampage in central Vietnam, killing two villagers and injuring four others before soldiers shot the beast dead, police said Sunday.

The ordeal started Saturday when the buffalo suddenly charged 64-year-old Tran Cam and gored him in the stomach, killing him instantly, said Tran Ngoc Yen, a police officer in Thua Thien Hue province.

Over the next four hours the buffalo ran wild through three villages.

Villagers used large wooden sticks in a bid to tame the buffalo, but it charged and gored 50-year-old Nguyen Van Quyet, Yen said. Quyet was taken to a hospital, where he died hours later.

Soldiers later cornered the beast in a rice field and shot it dead.

An autopsy found the animal had a large tumor in its stomach, and authorities suspect the buffalo went mad from the pain, he said.

Water buffalos are commonly used by farmers in Vietnam to plow rice fields and pull carts.

Thua Thien Hue province is some 400 miles (650 kilometers) south of Hanoi.

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