Czech singled out by polar bear

A Czech has been the victim of a polar bear attack in the far north of Norway. The man, one of six campers on the Svalbard archipelago, was mauled during the attack and was taken to hospital. The bear was later shot dead. Tourists have been concentrating at Svalbard and other northern localities for a full eclipse of the sun which will only be visible from the Arctic. Local authorities had warned eclipse seekers of the danger of bear attacks. Polar bears outnumber residents in the Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, group of islands.

Author: Chris Johnstone