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Jakarta Post

Man killed in suspected tiger attack

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Mon, May 20, 2019   /   07:42 am
Man killed in suspected tiger attack Sumatran tiger (AFP/Gil Cohen Magen)

Rubber tapper Abusali Hasibuan is believed to have been mauled by a tiger in a plantation area in Ulu Barumun district of Padang Lawas regency, North Sumatra.

His body was in a deplorable condition when locals and police personnel discovered it on Thursday night. The 61-year-old had apparently lost his right arm, while his head was found 50 meters away from the body.

The remains have been sent to the nearby Sibuhuan Hospital for an autopsy.

His brother Sapran Hasibuan said Abusali would usually come home before sunset, but on Thursday he had not returned until it was dark.

His family then set out to look for him, together with other residents.

“After hours of searching, we finally found his head near a hut,” Sapran said. “About 50 meters from where the head was found, we discovered the body, missing the right arm.”

Sapran said he assumed his brother had been attacked by a tiger that had been haunting the community of Siraisan village in Ulu Barumun in the past month.

Siraisan village head Sangkot Hasibuan revealed that livestock in the hamlet was likely to have been killed by the tiger.

Ulu Barumun Police chief Adj. Comr. Sudirman said police were working to locate the tiger. “Hopefully, there will be no more victims,” he said. (vny)