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Bear kills safari park worker

A safari park employee in Japan died on Tuesday after being attacked by a bear which had somehow climbed into her car, local officials and police said.

An Asian black bear was seen climbing into a small vehicle at the Gunma Safari Park, northwest of Tokyo, and attacking park employee Kiyomi Saito inside the car, a local police spokesman said.

Saito, 46, suffered injuries to the left side of her chest and stomach and was rushed to hospital where she was later confirmed dead, the spokesman said.

“The details are not yet known, including how the bear got inside the car,” he said, adding that the animal was a five-year-old male and weighing 160kg.

The safari park was “under police investigation and no details can be confirmed at this point,” said Yusuke Yamazaki, a park employee. (AFP)