Camper killed by polar bear on Norwegian island of Svalbard

A man was killed in his tent after a polar bear came scavenging near the town of Longyearbyen, report local officials.

The man was identified as the camp’s manager, 38-year-old Johan Jacobus Kootte, from Holland.

Shortly before dawn on Friday the polar bear broke into the man’s tent, while he was asleep. The polar bear was shot and fended off by other campers, but they could not save the manager. Kootte was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby hospital.

The bear which was shot in the attack was later found dead near the local airstrip.

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