Man shoots woman dead on hunting trip after mistaking her for monkey

A young Saudi Arabian man accidentally shot and killed an elderly female shepherdess after mistaking her for a monkey while out on a hunting trip.

The 19-year-old was hunting in a small village near the Kingdom's western town of Taif when he saw what he thought was a monkey breaking branches in a tree, reports Emirates 24/7.

According to Albawaba.com, Sabq Daily reported: "He aimed his gun and shot. The bullet hit the woman in the chest. When the man came near, he was shocked to find she was a woman.

"He rushed her to hospital but she died later. Police arrested the man, who told them he killed her by mistake, thinking she was a monkey damaging the tree."

According to the Daily Mail, the woman was in her 60s.

The paper added that Saudi has suffered problems in the past with baboons and other monkeys flooding their villages in search of food.

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