Luhaiba Said was being breastfed by his mother, Shayima, in a village near Gombe National Park when he was kidnapped by monkeys that had invaded the family home
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In a tragic incident in Tanzania, a monkey snatched a month-old baby from its mother and killed it.
Shayima Said was breastfeeding her infant son Luhaiba in the western village of Mwamgongo near Gombe National Park when a gang of monkeys broke into the family home, the Daily Mail reports.
One of the creatures grabbed the boy and took him away from his mother while the villagers tried unsuccessfully to retrieve the baby.
During the rescue operation, Shayima suffered head and neck injuries and later died while receiving emergency medical attention.
Regional Commander James Manyama described how villagers tried to overpower the monkey to rescue Luhaiba from their grasp.
However, the animal then became aggressive and Luhaiba died from his injuries, Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reported.
Mr Manyama said in quotes reported by the Daily Mail: “She cried for help and villagers rushed to her house to help her retrieve her child – identified as Luhaiba Said – from the monkey troop.
“When they tried to force him back, he was injured in the head and neck.”
Police have warned locals to be vigilant around the animals, which can be dangerous given the village’s proximity to a national park.
The commander added: “It should be noted that the village of Mwamgongo shares a border with Gombe National Park.
“Incidents of animals invading villages are not uncommon.”
It is not known what kind of monkey the animal was, nor how big it was exactly.
The Said family has not yet been pictured or a statement released.
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