Two children were killed in a leopard attack in the Motipur range of the Katarniaghat Wildlife sanctuary, officials said on Tuesday.

Ramtez (9), a resident of Rikha Pakdia Deewan village in Motipur, was taken away by a leopard on Monday when he was playing outside his house, they said.

Villagers and forest officials on Tuesday recovered the lower part of his body, they said.

In a separate incident in Mangalpurva village in the same Motipur range, Aditya (4) was also taken away by the leopard on Monday

His head was recovered from the forest.

Divisional Forest officer Akashdeep Badhawan said four teams of forest officials have been deployed to catch the leopard and the help of drone cameras will be taken to trace it if needed. Villagers have been advised not to head toward the forest area, he said.

The victims’ families have been given ₹ 10,000 each and attempts are on to give them a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each, he added.