updated 10/19/2006 3:55:53 AM ET 2006-10-19T07:55:53

A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh early Thursday, killing five members of a sleeping family, police said.

The victims, including two children, were asleep in their thatched hut when they were trampled to death by elephants that had been foraging outside a nearby forest. The elephants destroyed more than a dozen thatched huts in Bashkhali village, about 140 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka, the area’s police chief Zahirul Islam told the Associated Press.

Villagers used flaming torches to scare away the herd of about 12 elephants, he said.

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