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A polar bear attacked a group of British campers on a Norwegian archipelago, killing a 17-year-old boy and seriously injuring four other people.

Among the wounded was Patrick Flinders. His father, Terry, explained: “Around the tents, they have trip wires with bullets in them to stop the polar bears trying to get in. If they trip it, bullet go up in the air and scares them away. This time it didn’t happen apparently.”

The expedition to the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic was designed to help youngsters develop self-confidence. But it cost Horatio Chapple, who planned to become a doctor, his life.

An investigation into why security measures failed is underway and the injured have been flown to hospital.

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