An elephant named Usama bin Laden, after the 9/11 mastermind and former leader of Al Qaeda, has died in captivity, days after he was captured for killing five villagers in India last month, officials said.
"The animal was behaving as normal," a park ranger told AFP. "It was, however, kept with its legs tied so that it couldn't escape."
A cause of death wasn't immediately clear. The elephant was believed to be around 35 years old, an age said to be too old for captivity.
Forestry officials reportedly said they planned to tame "Laden" using a controversial training method some animal activists equate to torture after it killed five villagers.
An estimated 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in the last five years in India, AFP reported, citing recently-released government figures.
Elephants often migrate to Goalpara, where the attack occurred, according to officials, who have said that at least 700 elephants have been killed since 2011, partly because of their shrinking habitats. Locals reportedly shoot or poison elephants, while others have died on electric fences or on railroads.