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Shoot-to-kill orders in Australia after crocodile snatched 12-year-old boy

Published on Jan 27, 2014 5:06 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Police and rangers on Monday hunted for a crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy from a northern Australian waterhole, with shoot-to-kill orders for any creature longer than two metres and fresh calls for a cull.

The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park on Sunday afternoon when the group was attacked.

One other boy suffered bite wounds as he tried to fight the creature off.

Aerial, land and boat searches in and around Magela Creek, which feeds the billabong or waterhole, continued throughout the night but there was no sign of the boy.

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