18 Jan 2018

Man killed by croc in Guadalcanal

1:23 pm on 18 January 2018

Police in the Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Province are asking people living by waterways to take care following a suspected crocodile attack.

A saltwater crocodile (Crocodilus porosus), in Hartleys Creek, Queensland, Australia.

Photo: AFP

They said a 20-year-old man was believed to have been attacked on Monday by one of the reptiles at Hove River in the Tangarere area.

His body was found at the river the next day by relatives.

The province's acting police chief Nixson Manetoga says officers have been sent to the area to get more information and permission from community leaders to hunt and kill any crocodiles in the area.

"In the meantime, I appeal to members of the communities in the province residing alongside rivers, streams, creeks and coastal to always take precaution and look out for these dangerous reptiles at all times," said Superintendent Manetoga.

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