Fighting cock kills opponent's master

Fighting cock kills opponent's master
People watching a cock fight.

A 50-year-old man died Thursday after the opponent of his rooster inadvertently stabbed him in the abdomen with the blade attached to its limb during a cockfight, a media report said Friday.

Eyewitnesses said that Bahar closely watched the fighting birds. In the ensuing battle, the opponent of his rooster launched a flying kick but his bird evaded the attack and its razor-sharp, 10-centimeter blade stabbed Bahar in the abdomen stomach instead.

The blade thrust deep into Bahar's abdomen and the wound widened when the cock struggled to pull back its weapon and release itself.

Bahar was pronounced dead on arrival at Nunukan General Hospital, apparently from blood loss.

"The victim sustained wounds to the abdomen and thigh from the blade," Nunukan Police chief Sr. Comr. Christian Tory told kompas.com.

Cockfighting is officially banned in Indonesia but remains a favourite pastime or betting activity in many regions. In Bali, it is part of religious ritual.

In Nunukan and Bali, a fighting cock is equipped with blades that often kill an opponent.

According to Bahar's friends, the kind of blade that killed him was improvised by a blacksmith from a German-made saw, which local people often buy for Rp 600,000 each in Jakarta.

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