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Oct 4, 2006

Circus lion attack

October 4, 2006 - Minduan City, China
A circus lion jumped on the audience during the performance in China, the local Mass Media reported.
The incident happened in Minduan city. The lion jumped over the 2 meter barrier. So the animal was in the crowd of the audience. The spectators were panic-stricken.
As a result of the animal` s aggression 3 people received wounds. One of them was pregnant (abortion happened).

Policeman shot the lion.

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