A wild elephant trampled to death a 60-year-old Dutch tourist who was on a safari at a national park in northeastern India on Tuesday.

The victim was part of a group looking for birds and rare monkeys in Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern state of Assam when they saw a wild male elephant, said S.N. Buragohain, the park director.

Eight other tourists ran for safety but the Dutch man, identified as Robert Goldbach, tripped and was trampled to death, said Buragohain.

The group was accompanied by a guide and armed guards from the park, which is famous for its rare one-horned rhinoceroses, said Buragohain.

"The guards opened fire at the (elephant) from their rifles but could not avert the tragedy," he said.

It wasn't immediately clear if the elephant was wounded, Buragohain said.

Human-animal conflicts are rare but not unprecedented in India's national parks. In 1999, an elephant trampled an American tourist to death while she was on a safari to see rhinos.