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Police Shoot Rampaging Bear in Eastern Russia

A bear was shot and killed by police marksmen near the center of Russia's far eastern city of Khabarovsk late Tuesday night after it rampaged through a shopping mall, according to local police.

“More than seven teams of traffic police, regular police officers and private security roped off the area where the predator was and warned passers-by of the danger. In the meantime, the brown bear ran toward the Sunflower shopping mall, broke a glass door and got inside,” police said in a statement.

Footage published by the Russian tabloid LifeNews showed the bear running through the mall and standing on its hind legs to open doors.

Police said they shot the animal, which became angry and disorientated from wounds received from broken glass in the shopping mall, after trapping it in a nearby kindergarten.

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