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Swarms of Deadly Spiders Invade Town

A town in India is living in fear of a swarm of venomous spiders, which left two people dead after being bitten.

It may sound like a B-grade horror movie, but residents of the town of Sadiya, in Assam state, say that on the evening of May 8 as they were celebrating a Hindu festival swarms of spiders suddenly appeared and attacked them.

Locals say the most terrifying aspect is that spiders appear in swarms and their behavior is highly aggressive.

It leaps at anything that comes close. Some of the victims claimed the spider latched on to them after biting. If that is so, it needs to be dealt with carefully.

Teams of Indian arachnid experts have flocked to the town, hoping to identify the species, but so far they have drawn a blank. They say it could be a tarantula, a black wishbone or even a funnel-web spider, or it could be a whole new species.