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Victim was crossing river with his mother

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 7, 2007) - A boy was killed last Sunday when he was snatched by a three meter-long crocodile.

The tragedy happened at around 5:30 p.m. at the Aiope River, in the Kunua district on the west coast of Bougainville.

The boy, 12, was crossing the river with his mother when the crocodile snatched him above his left hip.

When he was attacked, the boy called out to his mother but the mother did not respond because she thought her son was joking.

When the woman realized her son was caught by the crocodile, she managed to hold onto his left arm but the crocodile was too strong and pulled away with the child.

A search party was organized by the chief and began searching until the boy’s body was found lying under a log near the river bank, near the crocodile.

The crocodile, this time, did not attack the search party. The chiefs and people of Kunua believe the crocodile must be the same breed which attacked a woman at Move, Selau district last year.

Leaders from the area have called on the ABG to request assistance from a former plantation owner at Soroken, West Coast Bougainville, Oscar Bond who is believed to have released crocs from his farm into the wild during the Bougainville crisis.

The crocodiles have multiplied since.

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