A British soldier named Matthew Talbot serving in Malawi was killed by an elephant,
He was serving as part of an anti-poaching operation, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.
Describing the incidence that lead to his death,the spokesman said he was on patrol in Liwonde National Park on Sunday when the tragic incident occured.
“He was killed by an elephant,” the spokesman continued, explaining that Talbot died later of the injuries inflicted on him by the animal.
Speaking in a statement, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
“This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered specie”.
Fully armed British forces on duty on the 530-square-kilometre (250square mile) liwonde park has being a source of succour for rangers who routinely confront gangs of poachers armed with Kalashnikovs.
Talbot was enlisted in 2013,he also attended a multi-national training exercise in Kenya in 2018.
Talbot’s commanding officer Ed Launders said he was “determined and big-hearted” and had volunteered for the mission to Malawi.
“He was hugely proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator and tragically died doing great good,”
Prince Harry, is the public face of the anti-poaching project that began in 2016 after he visited the area.