OsamaYou think this headline iscorny? Now you know how I felt! Half of the world’s press seems to be carrying this story.

Why on earth would anyone name an elephant Osama bin Laden??? that too in ASSAM of all places!

Sharpshooters in India’s northeast have killed a rogue elephant blamed for 14 deaths, who was so feared villagers named him after Osama bin Laden, wildlife officials said yesterday.

Wildlife authorities had ordered the elephant be shot and killed by Dec. 31.

The order came after the bull, dubbed “Laden” — which has twice evaded attempts to kill him — was blamed for the death of a woman Wednesday near the thickly wooded evergreen jungle where it lives.

Behali is about 240 km northeast of Gauhati, the state capital.

Conflicts between humans and elephants have escalated in northeastern India in recent years as the destruction of the elephants’ natural habitat has expanded, forcing them to forage for food in human areas.

In the past five years, more than 250 people have been killed in Assam by elephants, while angry villagers killed 268 elephants during the same period. Assam is estimated to have 5,300 Asiatic elephants.