Witnesses told us the boar strolled through the village of Nushor before attacking four children. When 18-year-old Aliakbar Yunusov confronted the animal to protect the youngsters, he was severely wounded and left unconscious.
Boars are a growing nuisance in Tajikistan, with their numbers rising and one death recorded last year when a singular (that's what a group of boars is called) attacked a farmer.
The animals apparently get free rein in the country, where hunting them is an especially unattractive endeavor since a majority of Tajiks are Muslim and thus regard swine as unclean.
-- RFE/RL's Tajik Service