Elephant kills British soldier in Malawi

A British soldier has been killed by an elephant during a counter-poaching operation in Malawi.

Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was on patrol in Liwonde National Park on 5 May when he was charged by the animal.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Ed Launders, described Guardsman Talbot as “determined and big-hearted”.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said he served with “great courage and professionalism”.

She added: “This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife.”

Kensington Palace said the Duke of Cambridge was writing to Gdsm Talbot’s family to offer his condolences.

Gdsm Talbot, who was from the West Midlands, was serving in his first operational deployment, the Ministry of Defence said.

Image caption Mathew Talbot had volunteered to support counter-poaching operations

The patrol of armed…

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