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Leopard ATTACK In India -- The STRIKING Photos

7/20/2011 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A horrified crowd looked on in terror as a wild male leopard mauled 11 villagers in India ... and the entire incident was captured on film.

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According to the AP, several people tried to drive the animal back towards a nearby wildlife sanctuary ... but the leopard turned aggressive and pounced on some of the men.

Villagers reportedly used knives, stones and batons to strike the animal -- and eventually shot it with a tranquilizer gun.

The leopard is said to have died from knife wounds suffered in the incident.

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