Briton mauled to death by polar bear in Arctic: official

5th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A polar bear mauled one person to death and left four other members of a British group seriously injured in an attack on Friday in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, authorities said.

"One person has died and four others are injured. Their injuries are serious," Liv Asta Oedegaard, a spokeswoman at the Svalbard district governor's office, told AFP.

She said the five had been traveling with a "British group," but could not confirm that they were all British citizens or say if they were tourists or visiting Svalbard in another capacity.

In a statement, the district governor's office said in a statement that authorities had received word of the attack near the Von Post glacier near the district capital of Longyearbyen at around 7:30 am (0530 GMT).

"The four injured people are now at the Longyearbyen Hospital... An ambulance is now scheduled to fly the patients to the hospital in Tromsoe," in northern Norway, the statement said, adding the polar bear had been killed.

© 2011 AFP

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