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  • 14 May 2014, 9:43

Papua New Guinea Boy's Remains Found In Croc

The limbs of an 11-year-old boy have been found inside a huge crocodile and his head discovered nearby, according to reports in Papua New Guinea.

The youngster's remains were discovered after he was apparently attacked on a river.

Police commander Lincoln Gerari told the National newspaper the four-metre (13ft) reptile grabbed the boy - named as Melas Mero - as he was fishing with his parents in Gulf Province on Thursday.

Mr Geraritold the newspaper: "The crocodile swept the boy with its tail and then attacked the defenceless child."

The provincial commander said police found two hands, two legs and a hipbone inside the crocodile after they tracked it down and killed it. His head was found later.

The attack is the second to take place in Papua New Guinea this year, according to a global database.

CrocBITE, which is managed by researchers at Australia's Charles Darwin University, said a man was killed on January 1 by a saltwater crocodile at Rawa Bay in North Bougainville.

A total of 75 crocodile attacks, of which 65 were fatal, have been recorded in Papua New Guinea by the database since 1958.

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