KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian man has been mauled to death by a crocodile in Malaysia, with his horrified nephew spotting the victim disappearing into a river during the attack, police said Thursday, reports AFP. Muh Tahir Majid Syam, 40, went missing while hunting for crabs with his nephew on Tuesday by a river in Sarawak state on jungle-clad Borneo island.
While looking for him, the younger man suddenly saw his uncle’s head pop up above the water’s surface before sinking again, deputy local police chief Mohamad Sabri Zainol told AFP.“(The nephew) was looking around, and then he saw his uncle’s head in the water before being pulled back into the river,” the police officer said.
Muh Tahir’s body was found Wednesday covered in bite marks, leading police to conclude he was likely killed by a saltwater crocodile.
The victim was a migrant worker on a palm oil plantation, the official news agency Bernama reported. Many Indonesians work in the agricultural sector in relatively affluent Malaysia.