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Bear attack injures 9 people

September 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A bear injured nine people at a highway rest stop in central Japan before being shot and killed in a souvenir shop, a firefighter said.

The black bear seriously injured four men Saturday afternoon in Nyukawa, a small mountain town about 140 miles west of Tokyo, said firefighter Tomohiko Akano.

The 4-foot bear first attacked people at a bus parking lot and then entered a lodge where it was trapped in a souvenir shop and shot dead by a hunter, according to media reports.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack, which lasted about an hour, reports said.

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