Australian Police Looking For A Missing Child Say They Have Found What Appear To Be Human Remains Inside A Crocodile

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The
seven-year-old girl was swimming with her family in a remote waterhole in the
Northern Territory on Friday, when a saltwater crocodile attacked and dragged
her under.
A
day later rangers shot dead a three-metre-long reptile in the waterhole – or
billabong.
Initial
tests suggest its stomach contained human remains.

“Further
forensic testing will be conducted in Darwin,” a police spokesman told AFP
news agency.

The
incident occurred at the Gumarrirnbang outstation, about 500km (300 miles) east
of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.
The
girl was last seen being dragged under the water by the crocodile, which had
also attacked a man who was with her in the billabong.
The
BBC’s Duncan Kennedy in Sydney says it is extremely rare for people to be
attacked by saltwater crocodiles – a protected species in Australia.
In
the latest case, police say there had been no previous sightings of crocodiles
in the area, and the community believed the billabong was safe.

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