A club-and-machete wielding mob in Indonesia butchered nearly 300 crocodiles in an act of revenge after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said Monday.
Images from the scene showed dozens of dead crocodiles covered in blood after the attack at a breeding farm in Papua province.
The incident took place on Saturday following the funeral of the 48-year-old man, who was killed after he entered an enclosure while looking for grass to feed his livestock, police and conservation officials said. “One of the crocodile farm employees… heard someone screaming for help and ran to the scene and saw a person being mauled by a crocodile,” said Basar Manullang, head of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua.
The man’s family and “hundreds” of other locals, angry over the farm’s location near a residential area, marched to the police station where they were told the breeder would pay compensation, he added.
But the mob was not satisfied and headed to the crocodile farm armed with clubs, knives, machetes and shovels which they used to slaughter some 292 crocodiles, ranging from palm-sized babies to two-metre adults, authorities said.
Criminal charges may be laid, police said.
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