IPOH - Nine elderly Singaporean tourists were attacked by a rampaging bull in the middle of the city centre here.
The tourists, including their driver, were enjoying some tau fu fah at a stall on Jalan Raja Musa Aziz when the raging animal emerged out of nowhere and started attacking the group at about 4pm yesterday.
Housewife H.P. Tan said the incident left four members of the group injured, including her 74-year-old husband who fell and sustained lacerations on his ear, fingers and forearms.
"My husband is traumatised by the attack," she said.
Their friend, Iris Teng, said the bull had stepped on her sister's chest when the latter fell to the ground.
"We have yet to find out the extent of her injuries," she said while waiting outside the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital emergency unit at about 6pm.
Two other friends suffered bruises and lacerations, said Teng.
"We had organised a trip to Ipoh as it had been many years since our last visit. We were also to go to Cameron Highlands on Monday.
"This was supposed to be a good trip but it has turned out to be a horrible experience," she said.
According to eyewitnesses, after attacking the tourists, the bull ran to nearby Jalan Yau Tet Shin, where restaurants sell Ipoh's popular beansprout chicken and biscuits, and then on to Jalan Sultan Iskandar with policemen and Civil Defence Department officers in pursuit.
The animal was finally trapped and subdued when it entered the Elim Gospel Hall compound on Jalan Chung Thye Phin, a short distance away.
It was later learnt that the bull had escaped from its shed about 5km away from the place of the incident.