• The boy was swimming when the crocodile emerged from the waters and attacked him
  • The reptile then dragged the boy to a deeper area
  • The fishermen captured and killed the crocodile

A crocodile attacked and killed an 11-year-old boy in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, on Monday.

The victim, identified as Stambuli Bamusi, along with his friends, had gone swimming in the Shire river when the incident took place. Sub-Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi told Malawi 24 that the boys were swimming when the crocodile emerged from the river and viciously attacked the boy. The reptile then dragged the boy into deeper water.

The boy’s friends immediately alerted people at a nearby fishing dock following which some fishermen began searching for him. Soon, they found both the crocodile and the victim. The fishermen fended off the reptile and retrieved the body of the victim, who was dead by then. The body was found with multiple wounds.

Officials arrived at the scene shortly and transported the body to a nearby hospital. The autopsy revealed that the boy died due to loss of blood. Police said such incidents can be avoided if people refrain from going near crocodile-infested areas.

The fishermen have since captured and killed the crocodile.

The incident comes two months after an 8-year-old girl was attacked and allegedly eaten alive by a crocodile in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The unidentified girl had gone to the waters with her friends when the reptile attacked her. The crocodile then dragged her into the water and allegedly ate her alive. Although some villagers attempted to save her, they couldn't.

In another incident in August, the body of a missing 14-year-old Malaysian boy was allegedly found inside a crocodile’s stomach. Ricky Ganya was looking for snails near a river when the crocodile attacked him and pulled him into the water. The crocodile was captured, killed and its body was cut open. Authorities said human body parts were found inside its stomach.

A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) comes out the of the water
A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) comes out the of the water AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY