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Man, 69, dies after being attacked by Asian hornets on Spanish hillside


AN elderly man has died after being attacked by Asian hornets.

The body of Antonio Rodriguez Loureiro, 69, showed he had been repeatedly stung while he cleared a hillside.

He had left his home with a tractor and a brush-cutter to go to work on Monday afternoon in the A Laracha region in the north-west of Spain.

The area is close to Plaia de Caion, which is busy all year-round with surfers and is frequently crowded during the summer months.

When Mr Loureiro did not return home, his family raised the alarm and his body was found at 9.30pm.

He was confirmed dead at the scene. Allergic reactions to the insect have risen significantly in recent years.

It coincides with growing numbers of the invasive species, which are a threat to bees.

It is larger than a common wasp and the amount of venom it carries is greater. There have been at least three deaths this summer in north-east Spain from such stings.

A post-mortem exam will be done on Mr Loureiro.

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