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Crocodile kills Australia fisherman

A man has been killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he was fishing with his wife in northern Australia



The 57-year-old man was attacked by the 4.5-metre (15ft) salt water crocodile after entering into the Adelaide River in Australia's Northern Territory in order to free his fishing line.

The incident took place on Monday afternoon, 60km south of Darwin, ABC news reports.

His wife heard a scream and turned around only to see "a tail splashing in the water", officials said.

"The victim was there with his wife and he was fishing on the water's edge," Police Superintendent Jo Foley said.
"His wife left the scene because she saw this happen."

The body was found a few hours later, and the crocodile was shot dead by the police.

The man - whose name has not been released - is the fourth person to be killed by a crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory this year.

The attack took place in a stretch of the river close to where cruise ships show sightseers crocodiles leaping from the water to snatch chicken carcasses suspended from poles.

The killer crocodile is believed to be a rare half-albino who had regularly approached the cruise ships.

Crocodile numbers have increased since being declared a protected species in 1971. They are a common feature of Australia's tropical north.

The Australian government rejected a controversial plan to allow crocodile safari hunting in the Northern Territory in March.
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