Leopard mauls boy, 4, to death and drags him half a mile

A four-year-old boy has died after being dragged by a leopard half a mile into the woods.

Mehraz Azad Mir, was playing in his uncle’s courtyard in Rajpora Rajwar in northern Kashmir, India, when he was attacked.

Horrified eyewitnesses say the leopard took the boy from the yard in its mouth on July 6.

The young boy was found in a critical condition and taken to hospital where he was shortly pronounced dead.

The boy suffered deep cuts and wounds to his body and face as a result of the attack.

Eyewitness Aijaz Ahmed said: ‘We heard cries of the minor before the beast was chased by the locals. The leopard has dragged him into the woods for more than 500 metres. Following the incident, the locals are living in a constant state of fear.’

Locals have been warned by wildlife officials and authorities to be aware of other leopard attacks in the area. Five children have been killed in leopard attacks in India since June 2.

A leopard was shot dead yesterday at 11pm in the Bernate area of Uri, north Kashmir following the deaths of Amir Muneer, 13, Shahid Ahmad, 12, and Rutba Manzoor.

A little girl was recently abducted by a leopard in southern Kashmir, India.

Zubaida Jan was playing with her mum outside her family’s home in the village of Gopalpora when the big cat scaled a wall and took her.

Police were called but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The leopard is thought to be the same one which attacked Zubaida’s brother just a few weeks before.

However, the little boy managed to escape with only minor injuries. The leopard is also said to have killed three other children from the village.

Since 2007, at least 232 people have been killed and more than 2,810 have been left injured in leopard and bear attacks in the erstwhile Himalayan state.

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