A 19-year-old girl was mauled to death by a wild bear in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, police said today.

The victim identified as Zareena Bano, a resident of Batnard village, was grazing her cattle in the nearby forest last evening when she was attacked and killed by the beast, a police spokesperson said.

The mutilated body of the deceased was handed over to her next of kin for last rites, the Spokesperson said.

In a similar incident, a 16-year-old boy was critically injured in a bear's attack at Kandiwara-Sundernar village in Kokernag area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir last evening.

The victim identified as Sauyab Ahmad Chowhan was playing outside his house when he was attacked by the bear, the Spokesperson said, adding that he has been admitted to a hospital.

Source: Press Trust of India