Australian tourist killed by elephant in Namibia

African Desert Elephant - adult & young. Source: Ardea Picture Library

The 59-year-old man's death has been confirmed in a Facebook post by the Namibian tourism ministry.

A 59-year-old Australian man has been killed by an elephant in Namibia, the African nation's tourism ministry said in a Facebook post. 

The ministry said the man died while camping on the Huab River, in the Kunene region on Friday morning, describing the incident as "very unfortunate and highly regrettable". 

The statement said the man's group had not been camping in a designated camping area, while local media are reporting that it's unclear if the group was with a tour guide. 

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs says they are seeking to confirm the reports, and stand ready to offer consular assistance to any Australian citizens. 

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