A group of tourists was attacked by a polar bear at Fredheim, approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen. The attack occurred at approximately 6:20 am Thursday morning.
"What we know so far is that a group of six tourists has been attacked by a polar bear at Fredheim", says police inspector Vidar Arnesen at the Governors office.
"One person is injured. The person was picked up by helicopter and transported to the hospital in Longyearbyen"
The injuries are not life-threatening. The bear was shot and killed. The Governor is investigating the attack at Fredheim.
A lot of tourists are in Longyearbyen and in Svalbard in order to see the total solar eclipse tomorrow, Friday.
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