Body found, believed to be victim of croc attack

Body found, believed to be victim of croc attack

SRI AMAN - Police found a body of a man missing a hand at Sungai Enciap Pantu here.

They believe the victim to be lumberjack Aladin Sebli, 55, who had been reported missing since Wednesday night.

District police chief Deputy Superintendent Mat Jusoh Muhamad said investigators believe the victim, found with severe bodily injuries, had been attacked by a crocodile.

"The body was found two days ago, not far from where he was bathing on Wednesday night.

"We believe the man was attacked by a crocodile while bathing in the river," he said, adding that Aladin went for a dip at 9pm that night. His colleagues at the timber camp lodged a police report the same night after he failed to return to his quarters, as well as conducting a search for him that night.

"When we arrived at the spot where we believe he was bathing, we found his clothes and other belongings by the riverbank.

"However, our search area was confined, as it was pitch black that night," said one of his colleagues.

They continued their search the next morning, this time with help from the Fire and Rescue Department and local villagers.

Mat Jusoh said Aladin's body had been sent to the district hospital for a post-mortem.

In the past four months, the state recorded two separate crocodile attacks.

The attacks were recorded at Sungai Seblak in Saratok and Sungai Pabong Besar in Miri.

The attacks have prompted the Sarawak Forestry Corporation to educate local communities to be on their guard and to promote better understanding of the reptile.

In Tawau, district Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohd Ashmar Mohd Mazlan said an Indonesian woman was killed in a fire at her home here on Thursday night.

In the 7pm incident, the sleeping Yosefila Jali Kiaraja, 56, was trapped in a room at the lower level of her two-storey house.

Five other family members, who were in the living room, managed to escape unhurt.

Ashmar said they received a call at 7.19pm and rushed 14 firemen to the scene.

"The fire had engulfed about 60 per cent of the wooden house by the time we arrived.

"We managed to put out the fire within 15 minutes," he said, adding that the department had yet determine the cause of the fire.

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