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Leopard kills man in India, scalps another

GAUHATI, India — A leopard that wandered into a city in eastern India went on a rampage, killing one man, swiping off part of another man's scalp and injuring three other people before authorities tranquilized it.

Neighbors in Gauhati say the leopard attacked a 50-year-old lawyer as he talked on his cell phone Saturday evening outside his house.

He was rushed to a hospital where he died Sunday.

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A man walks away bloodied after being attacked by a wild full-grown leopard in a residential neighborhood in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The Sunday Indian,AP Photo/Manas Paran

Four other people were injured, including a man who had part of his scalp torn off in a dramatic attack captured by a local newspaper photographer.

Gauhati wildlife official Utpal Bora says authorities plan to release the animal at a wildlife park 120 miles west of the city.

Conservationists say deforestation is increasingly pushing leopards into populated areas.