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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Man killed by crocodile in river

A crocodile apparently pulled 51-year-old Zam Ledoh under as he searched for crabs in an Indonesian river
A crocodile apparently pulled 51-year-old Zam Ledoh under as he searched for crabs in an Indonesian river

A saltwater crocodile has killed a man in an Indonesian river.

The incident took place near villages where people have reported livestock losses in recent weeks.

Kupang district police said the crocodile apparently pulled 51-year-old Zam Ledoh under as he searched for crabs in the Amabi river in East Nusatenggara province. The farmer's mangled body was found downriver the next day.

Villagers in the area have asked authorities to do more to protect them from crocodiles, including hunting and killing the one that killed the farmer.

Police said the river is home to some 20 saltwater crocodiles, but attacks against humans are rare.

A crocodile killed another farmer in the same river in January. Residents killed the creature days later.

Saltwater crocodiles can grow to up to 23 feet long and are the world's largest reptile.

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