Indonesian villagers kill nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge attack

JAKARTA, July 16 (Reuters) - Indonesian villagers armed with knives, hammers and clubs slaughtered 292 crocodiles in revenge for the death of a man killed by a crocodile at a breeding farm, an official said.

Photographs released by Antara news agency showed bloodied carcasses of the crocodiles in a large pile in the Sorong district of the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

The head of Indonesia's Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua said that the 48-year-old victim had entered the crocodile farm and was likely picking grass for animal feed when he was attacked.

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Local residents look at the carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles from a breeding farm after they were killed by angry locals following the death of a man who was killed in a crocodile attack in Sorong regency, West Papua, Indonesia July 14, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken July 14, 2018 Antara Foto/Olha Mulalinda /via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Local residents look at the carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles from a breeding farm after they were killed by angry locals following the death of a man who was killed in a crocodile attack in Sorong regency, West Papua, Indonesia July 14, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken July 14, 2018 Antara Foto/Olha Mulalinda /via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Local residents look at the carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles from a breeding farm after they were killed by angry locals following the death of a man who was killed in a crocodile attack in Sorong regency, West Papua, Indonesia July 14, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken July 14, 2018 Antara Foto/Olha Mulalinda /via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo on July 14, 2018 shows dead crocodiles slaughtered by a mob in Sorong in Indonesia's Papua province. - An angry mob has slaughtered nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said on July 16. (Photo by SKYLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SKYLA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo on July 14, 2018 shows dead crocodiles slaughtered by a mob in Sorong in Indonesia's Papua province. - An angry mob has slaughtered nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said on July 16. (Photo by SKYLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SKYLA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo on July 14, 2018 shows two men standing among dead crocodiles slaughtered by a mob in Sorong in Indonesia's Papua province. - An angry mob has slaughtered nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said on July 16. (Photo by SKYLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SKYLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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"An employee heard someone screaming for help, he quickly went there and saw a crocodile attacking someone," Basar Manullang said in a statement.

After the burial of the man on Saturday, villagers entered the farm and killed all the crocodiles, said Manullang.

Manullang said the farm had been given a license to breed protected saltwater and New Guinea crocodiles in 2013 for preservation and also to harvest some of the animals.

But one of the conditions was that the reptiles did not disturb the community, he said.

"To prevent this from happening again, farming license holders need to secure surrounding areas," said Manullang.

He said his agency was coordinating with police in their investigation.

"Crocodiles are God's creatures that need to be protected too," Manullang said. ($1 = 14,380.0000 rupiah)

(Reporting by Jessica Damiana Writing by Ed Davies Editing by Nick Macfie)

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