Boy, 14, killed by crocodile while swimming with friends - report

A 14-year-old boy was reportedly killed by a crocodile while swimming with his four friends in Zimbabwe's Midlands province.

According to New, Ali Phiri's uncle confirmed the tragic death

The boy met his untimely death while having a casual swim with his friends, who escaped the jaws of the crocodile by a whisker.  

"... It is true my nephew was attacked by the crocodile when he had gone out to swim with his friends. This is a great tragedy to the family as we are still trying to come to terms with the loss," his uncle was quoted as saying.

Out of all animals, crocodiles were behind the biggest number of fatal attacks on humans in Zimbabwe last year, with 21 killed by the reptiles between January and December, according to a Chronicle report

On New Year's eve a 90-year-old man was killed and a woman seriously injured when their inflatable boat was attacked by crocodiles in a dam at the Matopos National Park.

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