Crocodile swallows girl in Indonesian river

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A crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old girl playing in a river in eastern Indonesia as her father watched helplessly nearby.

It was the second death in the same place in two months, according to Agence France-Presse.

The girl was swimming in Wailolong river on Thursday when the large crocodile suddenly appeared, swallowed her instantly and disappeared into the water, said Viktor Mado Waton, Lembata district head in East Nusa Tenggara province.

"Her father saw this shocking scene as he was only five [yards] away in the water," Waton reportedly said.

He said the authorities found the girl's clothes three hours after the incident, about 200 yards away from the attack site, and that the body had not been found.

According to the AFP a 12-year-old boy was eaten by a crocodile in early December. Officials have warned locals about swimming in the river and are working to close down the area to avoid a future attack.

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